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LIVE LOCAL pgs. 4-5 • By Gwenyfar Rohler Remembering peace, love and harmony embraced by 400,000 people at Woodstock ‘69. Photo by Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell

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ART pg. 18 • By Shea Carver Courtney Rivenbark talks Coco Clem fashion, made for fun and laughs. Courtesy photo, Courtney Rivenbark

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hen was that ... October ... September? Something like that?” Jock looked at me

“Do you seriously not know when Woodstock was?” I asked.





“I was in Jamaica ... or Haiti? No, it was in the fall, right?” Jock asked again.

Please, I thought silently, please, tell me you are not confusing Woodstock with Altamont. Perhaps immortalized in the film “Gimme Shelter,” the stabbing death by the Hell’s Angels, who were providing security at the Altamont free concert is usually marked as “the end of the ‘60s.” We were trying to talk about the sublime, beautiful moment before—the grail of the ‘60s: Woodstock. “Woodstock was on my birthday.” I responded in a tone of voice with a look that men everywhere are familiar with: Surely you know when my birthday is, right? “So August! It’s coming up then?” “Yes, dear, the 17th.” “OK, I had just listened to the moon landing off the coast of Haiti. No, it got past me, I didn’t hear about it till I got back.” “Yeah well, my parents missed it, too. My mother was at a Model UN meeting in upstate New York that weekend.” I shook my head. “That’s pretty fucking square.” I mean, really. Frankly, in retrospect, perhaps Woodstock was actually a better example of the practices of the principals and theories of the UN, than the Mod-

Gwenyfar looks back at the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and its meaning on our nation el UN meeting. For three days—actually longer because people began arriving a week earlier—more than 400,000 people existed together without violence in upstate New York. They shared resources, rode out weather and surprised the nation with the results. It has gone on to become one of the cultural touchstones of our nation. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of a great experiment. In addition to the merchandising and nostalgia around the 50th anniversary, there has been a roller coaster of news surrounding many failed attempts to organize a 50th anniversary concert. The 25th anniversary was marked with a concert in 1994 and the 30th in 1999. Perhaps the festival in ’99 is most remembered for the deterioration and violence that marked it. Regardless, Michael Lang, one of the four producers of the original festival, was determined to put on a 50th celebration concert. On a road filled with unexpected twists, turns and pot holes, even Lang couldn’t pull it off. Several artists interviewed by the Associated Press expressed the view

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that it was Lang’s focus on a big concert, with a big venue, with big names that was the problem: He lost sight of the heart and soul of what Woodstock meant then and continues to mean today. Though other events around the country mark the anniversary, including concerts at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts—located on the site of Max Yasgur’s farm where the ’69 concert took place—I for one am hungering for the possibilities and even reassurance Woodstock promises. To many people, Woodstock has become a brand: hippie culture as it can be commercialized. Nostalgia, especially for those who never experienced the thing, is romanticized. I fully admit I own two ‘60s-era VWs, and the want to relish something I did not experience is part of why I own them. But it’s also the fulfillment of a personal dream: to restore a vehicle and learn new skills. Nostalgia would not have gotten that project through the first year, let alone kept it going for the fifth. And moving forward I have to become competent at vehicle maintenance (I get by with a little help from my friends). Most folks who read my column frequently know I dwell far more actively in the late ‘60s than in the present. By that, I mean I am more conversant in art and culture of that era than I am with any of the above in a contemporary sense.

2019 has been a year of several 50th anniversaries. Stonewall, the moon landing and Woodstock are euphoric to celebrate. They’re deeply complicated, and in retrospect, popular culture has embraced and recognized their meaning, and placed them squarely as symbols of turning points in our national history. Altamont will celebrate 50 as well in a few months; it will be interesting to see if “Gimme Shelter” appears in cinematic release or on PBS or even Netflix. Another dark moment of commemoration came last week with the 50th anniversary of the Manson murders and the release of Tarantino’s latest film, “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood.” Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy had both been assassinated the summer before in 1968. The Chicago 8 had been indicted for inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention, but the trial would not commence until a few weeks after Woodstock. Still, daily, the death toll in South East Asia rose, and more young men were absorbed into the war machine. The Sword of Damocles, known as the draft, hung over an entire generation’s head. I mention all this by way of illustrating the world wasn’t perfect or simple in 1969. In reality, a lot of fear, change and uncertainty permeated daily life. The original site of the festival, Wallkill,

NY, passed an ordinance that made holding the festival there an impossibility. It was a power play that illustrated the generation gap and perception of property owner’s priorities. Of course, in retrospect, it was short-sighted. Just think of how much money Bethel, Woodstock and surrounding areas have made on tourism since 1969. For 50 years people like me have dreamed about (and many more acted upon) visiting the location. They all need a place to stay, to eat, to purchase fuel and buy souvenirs. It is no surprise there is a museum and music venue there now. I don’t think it would be possible to bring 400,000 people together today to peacefully assemble for three days and enjoy music, art and life together. First, the presence of social media and the way it could or would be used to incite violence is infinitely worrisome. In light of the multiple mass shootings our nation has endured of late, how could one believe or trust the collective good would win? Indeed, at Woodstock, that is what happened. When the festival was unable to supply the food tents because there was no way for delivery trucks to get within miles of the event, the surrounding residents literally brought food to the local school that was airlifted into the festival for the participants. Now part of that is charity, and part of that is self preservation: If you have 400,000 starving people in a nearby field, at some point there may be a food riot if they don’t get fed, so its


and Music.” It is something Woodstock epitomized but it took another 25 for Jonathan Larson to put into words for the next generation in his landmark rock musical, “Rent”: “The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation.” Art.

WOODSTOCK 50TH CELEBRATION August 16, 8 p.m. DJ Curtis T will spin a musical mix from the greatest minds of the counterculture, who gathered 50 years ago in Woodstock to share a vision of love, peace, and music within the human race. Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St. better to address that directly. If that is the precedent, how are we not feeding the hungry in our community? How are we not harnessing the collective power of this social media engine for more good, and less fear and hate? Because here’s the real lesson of Woodstock, the one Michael Lang missed, and it’s right there on the poster: “3 Days of Peace, Love

Creation. Creating the world we want to live in. Do we want to live in a world of ICE agents showing up and deporting our neighbors? Because that is a real Sword of Damocles in 2019 for many people. The story of the neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee, that prevented ICE from illegally seizing their neighbor has made national news. Buried in that story is how ICE called the local police to the scene. The local police did not assist ICE with removal but made it clear they were there should the situation escalate.

Woodstock did not stop the draft, or the war, or smooth over desegregation of schools. The few attempts to utilize the stage for political purposes are largely ignored in the films and recordings. But the idealism of 400,000 people peaceably assembling to celebrate a shared vision of joy and bliss is a remarkable moment in history. The ideas of a generation might not have been preached from the stage, but they were lived for that weekend. Maybe that’s more important.

Tennessee state law will not allow any city to self-designate as a sanctuary city. North Carolina’s legislature just passed HB 370, which would effectively force the local sheriff’s offices to comply with ICE’s removal orders. I remember it from the Vichy government; Arthur Miller wrote a piece on it. It’s why local elections matter so much. Offyear elections are not as sexy as presidential years, but they are incredibly important, and provide opportunity to create and shape daily life in our community.

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(and comically) oversized toupee under his hat, Reuters reported. Spanish police searched him and found a bundle of cocaine, worth about $34,000, taped to his head under the faux locks.

ultimately subdued and arrested him for robbery, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.


This summer’s “who’s pooping in the pool?” mystery took place in the Buckingham Woods neighborhood pool in Macomb Township, Mich. The serial offender had caused the pool to close several times, and the neighborhood association took swift action: “We are reviewing attendance logs and recorded video,” a Friday, July 12, statement read, according to the Detroit Free Press. Meanwhile, the Macomb County Health Department has been working with the pool to keep the water free of pathogens such as E. coli. Further, the association also hired a pool attendant to be on-site through the end of summer. On Thursday, July 18, the association announced the offending swimmer had been identified and banned, saying it is now “looking at the various options for restitution.”

A Delta Airlines flight from Puerto Rico to New York was forced to return to San Juan on Wednesday, July 3, after Carlos Ramirez, 30, “became unruly,” Reuters reported. “I am God!” Ramirez repeatedly shouted, according to Puerto Rican police. “San Juan is going to disappear tomorrow! I came to save the world, and I am going to end terrorism!” Flight attendants and passengers restrained the man until the plane could land; then, Puerto Rican police took him into custody.

MICROCHIP YOUR SWEDE SIT ON IT, DERICK When Flagler County, Fla., sheriff’s officers pulled over Derick McKay, 36, for speeding on Thursday, July 11, they noticed he seemed... uncomfortable, and although the deputies smelled marijuana, he denied having anything illegal. But when McKay got to the police station (having been arrested for driving on a suspended license), he admitted that he did have some narcotics hidden between his buttocks. Indeed, Fox 43 reported, McKay was holding betwixt his cheeks numerous baggies,

including ones containing crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, Lortab pills and Oxycodone pills.


If you’re trying to smuggle a half-kilo of cocaine through airport security, you might want to try harder than an unnamed middle-aged man from Colombia, who was detained in late June at Barcelona-El Prat airport in Spain, according to Spanish police. The man arrived at the airport on a flight from Bogota and seemed nervous—and no wonder, with an obviously

The New York Post reported on Sunday, July 14, that more than 4,000 Swedes have willingly had microchips implanted in their hands to replace credit cards and cash. The chips also help people monitor their health and can be programmed to allow access into buildings. Jowan Osterlund, a former body piercer who pioneered the chips, says the technology is safe. But British scientist Ben Libberton, based in Sweden, said he worries that people aren’t considering the potential dangers, including the unwitting dissemination of data about a person. “Do I get a letter from my insurance company saying premiums are going up before I know I’m ill?” he wondered.


Rapper, sports agent and self-proclaimed “Mr. Alabama” Kelvin James Dark, 37, of Talladega, Ala., was arrested in Atlanta, Ga., on Wednesday, July 10, after allegedly throwing multiple kilograms of methamphetamine off a high-rise balcony onto a street below. In a press release, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said its agents were searching the property as part of a smuggling investigation when the drugs went overboard. Agents were able to recover some of the dropped drugs—valued at an estimated $250,000— and, in Dark’s apartment, also found two semi-automatic rifles, a handgun, marijuana valued at $60,000 and a “substantial” amount of cash, reported. Dark and 33-year-old Tiffany Peterson of Atlanta were arrested for trafficking meth and marijuana, among other charges.


Roger Bridenolph, 49, of Springdale, Ark., was arrested on Monday, July 15, after a puzzling series of events. First, he verbally assaulted a cashier at a Dollar Tree store, then stole a box of Ore-Ida Bagel Bites, pushing a manager out of the way to get out of the store, according to an arrest report. When the manager followed him, KFSM reported, Bridenolph hit him in the head with the box of frozen snacks. Taking his show on the road, Bridenolph headed next door to a Wendy’s restaurant, where he demanded French fries and slapped a woman. When police arrived, they struggled with him, but 6 encore | august 14 - august 20, 2019 |


RADIOACTIVE RATTLER Sometimes a routine traffic stop (in this case, for an expired license plate) is the most interesting incident in a cop’s day. So it was on Wednesday, July 10, for Guthrie, Ok., police officers. Around 11 a.m., they stopped a car driven by Stephen Jennings, 40, who had a friend, Rachael Rivera, 30, in the front seat and a timber rattlesnake in a terrarium on the back seat. Jennings told police he had a gun in the car at about the same time they identified the car as stolen, reported KFOR. Upon further search, officers found an open bottle of whiskey (next to the gun) and a container of “yellowish powder” labeled “uranium.” “The uranium is the wild card in that situation,” Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs explained. Jennings told police he was trying to create a “super snake” with the radioactive substance. Charges for Jennings included possession of a stolen vehicle and transporting an open bottle of liquor. Because it was rattlesnake season, his valid hunting and fishing license absolved him of any charges related to the snake. Police are still trying to figure out what charges might be brought regarding the uranium (yes, it actually was uranium).


A. Janus Yeager, 49, of Dixon, Ill., was arrested on Tuesday, July 9, as she motored toward home with an inflated kiddie pool on the roof of her SUV. CBS2 Chicago reported that Dixon police officers pulled Yeager over after being alerted by other drivers to the fact that there were two children in the pool atop Yeager’s vehicle as she drove home. She told police she took the pool to a friend’s house to inflate it, then had her daughters ride inside it “to hold it down on the drive home.” Yeager was charged with two counts of endangering the health or life of a child and two counts of reckless conduct.


“Y can Odyssey.’”

ou should write that story,” I suggested to Rick. “Call it, ‘Living Scared: An Ameri-

An American odyssey side of El Paso. He fixed the flat, but, within a few miles, the seal burst and forced him to try to flag down a motorist for help. One motorist stopped about 100 feet ahead of him, left a water bottle for him on the side of the road, and shouted he would notify the proper authorities at the next town. An Air Force colonel pulled over, cracked a beer for himself and another for Rick. After drinking a beer, the colonel drove off. A few hot hours later a rattling pick-up truck driven by a smiling Mexican stopped. The man looked at the bike, said he had a garage on the other side of the border and offered to take Rick and his bike across to fix it.

I suggested the title after Rick shared a few episodes of his first motorcycle excursion through America in the early ‘70s. He, his wife, Joanne, and I tacked back and forth in the gentle winds and rolling seas, between Masonboro Inlet and Wrightsville Beach the weekend before the El Paso and Dayton carnage. Rick did the tacking; I mostly lounged on the “Never trust a Mexican,” Rick said. stern netting. “Right?” Rick was born in British Columbia but has I trust Rick’s judgement as a psycholcalled Wilmington his home port for nearly ogist and sailor. He trusts me as pro30 years. In our professional lives, Rick and I fessional; he even trusts me to take “the are both psychologists. We see a lot of peo- skimmer’s” rudder for a few minutes on ple struggling with pain, trauma and flat out flat seas with following winds. At least a fear. Rick shared his stories after express- small degree of trust is vital if we are to rise ing concern about the number of Americans above the primitive and paranoid to civilize coping with fear by weaponizing. “Is it really ourselves. getting so dangerous that everyone has to Rick chose to trust the Mexican, got back be armed in America?” on the road, and continued to Louisiana. “There are places in Wilmington or Philly When eating dinner outside of New Orleans I wouldn’t go, but the whole world’s rela- he admitted to a Harley rider that he didn’t tively safer than ever,” I said. I cited Ste- have a gun. The Harley rider gave him a ven Pinker’s 2011 “The Better Angels of hatchet and said ominously, “You’re gonna Our Nature,” as data-driven support for need this before the ride is over.” (Rick did my conclusion. Even with a slight uptick cut a branch with the hatchet before miracin violence since the book was published, ulously making it safely back to the Great daily life is relatively safer than it was in White North.) medieval times—but we don’t like to hear Rick’s El Paso story haunted me after the it’s relatively safer than anything. Even the shootings. The tale reminded me the seeds best and brightest of us are bad at probaof racism, fear and paranoia were planted bilistic reasoning. The fight-flight gadgetry in our heads only listens for “yes” or “no,” long before the recent shootings, and long “threat” or “safe.” Even though some critics before Rick’s bike broke down. Today’s see Pinker as overly optimistic, I view his hateful rhetoric from the highest leadership general conclusions as sound and fragile. only waters those seeds. After admiring my optimism, Rick told me his El Paso story. First, he said whenever he stopped to eat or camp someone would usually ask him what kind of weapons he was carrying. In El Paso a fellow traveler shook his head at Rick’s lack of proper artillery. The traveler then offered advice echoed in tweets from some of our nation’s highest leaders for three years now. It is explicit in the El Paso shooter’s manifesto, too: “Never trust a Mexican.” Rick’s bike had a flat in the desert out-

And those seeds are planted deep.

A few days after the El Paso and Dayton tragedies I picked up my son from the airport. He was working on a film in New Orleans and stayed at an Airbnb. Before I got a chance to tell him Rick’s El Paso story, he said, “Pops, the closet of the Airbnb had a shotgun and an assault rifle thrown in there as if they were brooms, and about four or five handguns laying on the shelf. All that artillery made me wonder...

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s another local election campaign nears, new and familiar faces have been filing to fill three Wilmington City Council seats. Mack Coyle, Alexandria Monroe, Harry Smith Jr., Kimberly Spader, Kevin Spears, Scott Monroe and Matt Thrift are on the ballot, and up for re-election are Margaret Haynes, Paul Lawler and Neil Anderson. Also, Devon Scott announced his run against Mayor Saffo, who has held office since 2006. encore has been reaching out to all candidates to get their thoughts and views on top-of-mind issues concerning our city. This week we chat with Mack Coyle, who has been a fierce advocate, speaking out against DuPont/Chemours and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) per the poisoning of the Cape Fear River. His weekly emails to the CFPUA board are often cc’d with all local media for full transparency. We spoke with Coyle about his upcoming election bid for a council seat. encore (e): Tell us why you decided to run for council. Mack Coyle (MC): I am running for Wilmington City Council to provide new leadership and ethical oversight of our local government. In particular, I am running to provide leadership to coordinate community power to stop the ongoing crimes by DuPont—to stop the poisoning and killing of people here in our community by DuPont. Part of that effort will be to provide new leadership and direction to reform the corrupt and petty criminal behavior of the CFPUA board and senior staff. They have performed a terrible disservice to our community; they obfuscated and diminished the science explaining the impacts and dangers DuPont has created for our community. The CFPUA has become corrupted, and the community should have no confidence the CFPUA is our advocate. The staff continues to stonewall and slow walk public-record requests. The staff have smeared and slandered local activists: denied equal treatment under the law to our citizens; and, specifically, Frank Styer (CFPUA-COO) and Elizabeth Eckert (CFPUA-CSO) initiated and engaged in a campaign of intimidation against the community using false statements to the New


Interview with candidate Mack Coyle—up for city council election on November 1

Hanover Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI Joint Task Force on Terrorism. The current CFPUA board of directors is unresponsive to communication about these matters, and as such tacitly endorses and supports a culture of corruption and abuse of power. I am running now to confront and expose these malefactors—an important perspective to have on council. e: What qualifies you to run? MC: I am a resident of Wilmington NC, and a citizen of North Carolina. Additionally, I am a professional construction worker, whom has worked on many iconic historic structures here in Wilmington. I have been fortunate to work as site supervisor for the general contractor on the historic restoration and rebuilding of the Bellamy Mansion Slave Quarters, repair work on Burgwin-Wright House, and many other private historical residences. In addition to my 25-plus-year career in the construction profession, I am an inventor and small business owner. Our company designs and produces mobile solar generators with integrated water pumping and filtration equipment at our manufacturing partner’s facilities located in Star, NC. I also am a lifelong ecologist, feminist and environmental activist. I have many years of field experience working with nonprofit groups and community organizations here in Wilmington, in North Carolina, across our country, and around the world. Over the last 10 years, we have provided local community organizations access to clean, quiet and safe electricity, generated onsite from sunlight. We have powered over a hundred events around the Cape Fear. Many of your readers will be familiar

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with our equipment—powering the O’Neill Sweetwater and other surf contests, many local outdoor concerts, political events, the Cape Fear Earth Day events, UNCW student events, etc. Also, I am husband to Jacquelyn, my beautiful wife of 14 years, and the father of our two wonderful children. My son is 12 years old and attends Roland Grise Middle School, and my daughter is 10 years old and attends Bradley Creek Elementary School. e: What do you like about what our council is doing? MC: The council’s continuing support and execution on the comprehensive “greenways plan” is an example of current leadership I support. I think that the city can and will do more to make this community better with the expansion of the “green” and “blue” ways. That is something I will continue to provide support and leadership on. e: What are other top-of-mind concerns you have for our city, and how do you plan to address them? MC: Hold DuPont accountable, and here’s how: Create a city department—“The Office Of Industrial Poisoning”—to help residents understand crimes that have been commit-

UP FOR ELECTION Mack Coyle talks about plans he would like to see happen, should he win a seat during the City Council election. Courtesy photo

ted against us by DuPont et al, and provide resources and support to community activists fighting for our city. This department will provide a nexus of coordination and activism for other communities to engage in mutual aid with Wilmington, so as to help us develop into a center of expertise and excellence, with which to support the victims of DuPont poisoning in our region and in other locales. Challenge, petition, protest, and demand the NC Department of Environmental Quality, Attorney General Josh Stein, and Governor Cooper to end the operation of the plant in Fayetteville, NC, permanently—and seize all of the assets in NC of DuPont/ Chemours/ Kurraray America et al. Challenge, petition, protest and demand Ben Davis, NHC/Pender County district attorney, file criminal charges against the operators of the plant, and senior man-

• Cannabis-derived lubricants, oils and agement of DuPont/Chemours/Kurraray America, so we may use the subpoena fuels. power to compel discovery and disclosure I would want to engage with professionof DuPont’s records and scientific data al economic counsel to understand the surrounding PFAS. impact of its return, and that it returns to People are still dying from exposure to a pre-eminent position in the re-emerging these chemicals. These are murders, plain cannabis economy. Current predictions and simple. It was part of DuPont’s busi- and trends indicate a trillion-dollar-a-year ness plan to poison our entire city. DuPont industry returning to the USA by the year is poisoning our children to create prof- 2029—yes, trillion with a “T.” I will work for it—the horrible and untimely deaths of our Wilmington to ensure we will be a cannafriends and family members are therefore bis-economic powerhouse once again. homicides and should be treated as such I also want to end the war against our by law enforcement. own community by our local police. Remove two city council members who I would direct the Wilmington Police Deserve on the CFPUA board and replace with partment to cease enforcement of cannapeople willing to tell the truth to our com- bis prohibition, including directing the WPD munity—willing to fight for our community. to make simple possession the lowest enImmediately remove and replace Jenni- forcement priority, and to pursue state or fer Adams and Jessica Cannon from the federal cannabis criminal charges as secCFPUA board, compel other board mem- ondary offenses in support of the prosecubers to resign in a staggered schedule, and tion of actual crimes­—with “actual crime” install community members and elected meaning there are real victims. officials to fill the entire board with people I would direct and support WPD’s enwhom are working for the interests of the gagement with the The Office Of Cannabis city and the county residents. Truth and Reconciliation to educate police Thus, we end the corrupt influence of staff, and reform the culture of the departthe current board members and thwart ment to reflect the truth about cannabis their ongoing plan to protect special in- prohibition. terests. We provide ethical guidance and Finally, I support smart growth, infraoversight to reform the behavior of the structure and regional transportation sysCFPUA senior staff. tems. Our city must remain vigilant in its I also believe in cannabis truth and rec- guiding of regional development. We need onciliation. We should create a city de- to have new leadership on council who has partment to research and annotate the an ecological and economic viewpoint. I historical record of cannabis production provide a balanced and well-considered in the Cape Fear, state and country from perspective, which we need for “smart the colonial time period through mod- growth.” Our infrastructure must match our ern day. This history is buried in an ava- growing community’s active and healthy lanche of deception and denial—denial of lifestyles. More pedestrian bridges, dedthe central role cannabis production has icated bike paths, and renewed commitplayed in our economy. ment to Wilmington’s Green Ways and Blue Likewise the history of its use to effect Ways will be one of my points of emphasis. mass incarceration must be researched We also need modern, efficient and fast and exposed as the nefarious tool it is. regional mass transit—to link Wilmington It’s used in creating and enforcing a racist to Winston Salem, Charlotte, Raleigh, Jackclass structure, and a permanent under- sonville and Myrtle Beach. The light rail class comprising the victims of the failed mass transit system will unlock economic “drug war.” development, and make our communities We should empower and engage in mu- in NC more interdependent and intercontual aid with the Cape Fear Economic Coun- nected. We, the residents of Wilmington cil, the NC Agricultural Extension and New and the citizens of North Carolina, will use Hanover County, to digest and internalize the assets seized from DuPont and fund the truth about both cannabis prohibition a 21st-century transportation juggernaut, and production. We should support the re- which will be the envy of the world. Some have suggested we call it the “DuPont Inturn of our cannabis agricultural. dustrial Poisoning Railway.” I also want to promote and support ine: Any ideas on how the city should help novative 21st century cannabis industrial combat climate change in our coastal applications, specifically: town? • Cannabis-derived graphene for highMC: The city will develop a plan to “self tech battery manufacturing produce” all electricity used in Wilmington • Cannabis-derived graphene for GAC fil- city buildings, operations and transportatration media for removing PFAS from our tion (convert our city fleet of vehicles to all drinking water electric, including our WAVE transit buses), • Cannabis-derived medicines and health powered vis-a-vis clean renewable photovoltaic technology (as well as wind and food products

tidal power). This means installing PV on all city buildings, on city-controlled brown fields, and using the unique opportunity the North Carolina electricity market affords us, to create our electric cooperative, and build throughout the city resilient micro-grids. Again, our imperative is to promote Wilmington and North Carolina as the center of excellence, a nexus that supports and sustains appropriate technologies and cost-effective methods for our power needs. By providing this leadership, and becoming a center of excellence, we will attract entrepreneurs, innovators, and job creating companies to aggregate around our wonderful city and county. By integrating our electricity production into our built environment we will build in: • self sufficiency and cost savings • resiliency to disasters like hurricanes and extreme weather events • eliminate reliance on gross polluters like Duke/Progress Energy, and on our aging fleet of dangerous nuclear power generating stations e: What are your thoughts on the current noise-ordinance regulations the council is trying to rewrite? MC: While I understand the need to update our codes to clarify methods of enforcement documentation to match our current needs (i.e. sound meters, etc), this seems like a solution in search of a problem. e: Where do you stand on tax incentives, say, for historic property renovation or in any other fashion? MC: I am against tax incentives. e: How do you plan to represent the whole city, especially those outside of your neighborhood/comfort zone? MC: I am a faithful and dedicated servant to the entire city—to all of the residents of Wilmington. My plan is, and always will be the same: I remain focused on truth and beauty; I engage in mutual aid, and love all people fearlessly. I am an extremely friendly and gregarious person, and I will carry those traits and characteristics to all areas of our community, and celebrate both our connections and our differences.

Have your own inquiries or followup questions for Mack Coyle? Be sure to ask on the online article, and we will see he receives and answers them for you. His responses will be posted below the article until election day, Tuesday, November 5. One-stop voting for the municipal elections begins on Wednesday, October 16, and will conclude on Friday, November 1.

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A WINK(EL) AND A SMILE Johanna Winkel will play Wilmington Water Tours sunset cruise on Friday, August 16. Courtesy photo




Open Mic Night w/Bob Sarnataro

—Tidal Creek Co-Op, 5329 Oleander Dr., #100

Music Bingo w/DJ Sherri ‘So Very’ (7PM; FREE) —Local’s Tavern, 1107 New Pointe Blvd.

The Jared Show (8PM; FREE; Alternative Hip Hop, Acoustic) —Burnt Mill Creek, 2101 Market St., Unit 7

Wine Down Wednesday & Karaoke (8PM; FREE)

—Ibiza Nightclub, 118 Market St.

Extreme Music Bingo w/Party Gras (10pm; FREE) —Fox & Hound, 920 Town Center Dr.

—The Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.

Wet Wednesdays (Dubstep/DJ) (10:30pm; free)


—The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St.


—Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.


Tuesday __________________________________________ > > > THURSDAY

$3.75 Red Oak Draft $4.00 Wells 65¢ Wings, 4-7pm

$3.75 Hay Bale Ale

> > > Tuesday $3.75 Sweet Water $4.00 Absolute Lemon Drop

> > > WEDNESDAY $3.75 Wicked Weed $4.00 Margaritas

> > > FRIDAY $3.75 Pint of the Day $4.00 Fireball

> > > saturday $4.00 Green Tea

> > > SUNDAY $5.00 Bloody Marys & Mimosas

N. Water Street & Walnut street, Downtown Wilmington 910-762-4354


w/DJ Damo, 9PM


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$3.00 PBR 16oz cans $3.00 Coors Light $6 Redbull and Vodka

100 S. FRONT ST. 910-251-1832

LIVE MUSIC in the courtyard on Friday & Saturday MONDAY

$2.75 Domestic $3.50 Select Drafts $4 Fireballs!


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BREAKFAST BUFFET 9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. • $4 MIMOSA’S

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Live On The Loop! Dos Eddies (6PM; FREE; Acoustic duo)


1423 S. 3rd St. DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON (910) 763-1607


> > > Monday

Sunset Cruise with Jim Nelson (6:30pm; free)

$5 Jameson

$3 Lagunitas $6 Knob Creek 1/2 price bottles of wine


$3.00 Michelob Ultra $5.00 Lunazul Tequila All Floors open SATURDAY

$3 Miller Lite $3.50 Modelo $4 Smirnoff Lemon Drop shots $5 Raspberry Smirnoff w/mixer All Floors open SUNDAY

$3 Corona & Corona Light $4 Mimosa $4 Bloody Mary $5 Margarita

Your neighborhood drafthouse with a menu full of lowcountry favorites. Join us for a hot meal and a cold pint.


Outdoor Concert Series


—The Sailfish, 2570 Scotts Hill Loop Rd.

Weekly Wine Down Open Mic (6PM; FREE) —Wilmington Wine, 605 Castle St.

Kure Beach’s Up and Active! (6:30pm; free; lynn & DJ WAVE) —Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave.

Live Music in the Alley: Monica Jane (7PM; FREE; acoustic)

—Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.

Extreme Music Bingo w/Party Gras (10pm; free)

Mon.-Thurs.: 4pM-12:30 aM Fri.-saT.: 4pM - 1:30aM sun: 4pM-11pM

2nd Annual Port City Jerry Day: Cosmic Charlie (8PM; $10; grateful dead tribute BAND)

Wet Wednesdays (Dubstep/DJ) (10:30pm; FREE)

2101 MarkeT sT uniT 7 (910) 599-4999


—Local’s Tavern, 1107 New Pointe Blvd.

Sunset Cruise with JOHN HASSMANN Music (6:30PM; $30)

—Ibiza Nightclub, 118 Market St.

—Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St..

—Rebellion NC, 15 S. Front St.

Overtyme Trio (7pm; FREE; ROCK)

Marc Siegel (7PM; FREE; LIVE GUITAR)

—Cloud 9 Rooftop, 9 Estell Lee Pl.

—Platypus and Gnome Restaurant, 9 S. Front St.

Music in the Garden: Jessy Esterline

Randy McQuay (7PM; FREE; Acoustic/Soul)

—The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St..

—Edward Teach Brewing, 604 N 4th St.

Throwback Thursday Karaoke (8PM; free; DJ CAMO) —Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern, 1415 S. 42nd St.

Mike O’Donnell (8:30pm; free)

—The Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.

MarDe Brooks (8pm; FREE) —Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St..

Look Homeward w/ Tumbleweed (9pm; $12) —Bourgie Nights, 127 Princess St.

Wine Down Wednesday & Karaoke (8pm; FREE) —Fox & Hound, 920 Town Center Drive —The Calico Room, 107 S. Front St.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 Sunset Cruise with Emily Burdette (6:30pm; $30; POP/FOLK) —Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.

Live On The Loop! Summer Music Series: Crystal Fussell (6pm; FREE; country) —The Sailfish, 2570 Scotts Hill Loop Rd.

Weekly Wine Down Open Mic (6PM; Free) —Wilmington Wine, 605 Castle St.

Jonathan Foster (6PM; FREE; AMERICANA)

The Smoky Dunes (8pm; FREE)

Admiral Radio (6pm; FREE; folk/americana)

CAM CafÈ MUSIC: Ron & Luis (6PM; FREE)


CAM CafÈ MUSIC: Julie Rehder (6pm; harpist)


Sunset Cruise with Tyler McKaig (6:30pm; $30; ROCK)

Live Music in the Alley: Clay Crotts (7pm; FREE; FOLK ROCK)

—Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St..

—Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.

Sunset Cruise with Johanna Winkel (6:30PM; $30; pop) —Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S Water St.

Wilmington Big Band Summer Concert Series: bibis ellison (6PM; FREE; ROCK) —Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Rd.

—Pour Taproom, 201 N Front St

—Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S Water St.

CONCERT: Tift Merritt @ CAM (2PM & 7pm; $20-$40; country) —Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.

Books, Beer, & Jazz Piano (3pm; FREE)

—Old Books on Front Street, 249 N. Front St.

ZZ’s Best (6:30pm; free; ZZ Top Tribute)

Mac & Juice Quartet (4pm; FREE)

L Shape Lot Duo (7PM; FREE; americana, bluegrass, country)

Umphrey’s McGee Magic City Hippies (4:30PM; SOLD OUT; ROCK)

—Downtown Wilmington, 5 N.Water St.

—Cloud 9 Rooftop, 9 Estell Lee Pl.


—Burnt Mill Creek, 2101 Market St., Unit 7

North Fourth Funky Fridays (8PM; free) Palate, 1007 N 4th St.

Jazz Night with James Jarvis (8PM; FREE) —Bottega, 723 N. Fourth St.

2019 Woodstock Party (8PM)

—Cloud 9 Rooftop, 9 Estell Lee Pl.

—Greenfield Lake Ampitheater, 1941 Ampitheater Dr.

Kure Beach Boogie in the Park (5PM; FREE) —Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave.

Music Trivia (7pm; FREE)

—The Rusty Nail, 1310 South 5th Ave.

Overtyme Trio (7pm; FREE; rock)

—Cloud 9 Rooftop, 9 Estell Lee Pl.

—Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St.

Steve Forbert (7pm; $25)

—TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.

Throwback Thursday Karaoke w/ DJ Camo (8pm; free)

—Reggie’s 42nd Street Tavern, 1415 S. 42nd St.

Mike O’Donnell (8:30pm; free; live requests) —The Reel Cafe, 100 S. Front St.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 Sunset Cruise with Live Acoustic Music (6:3opm; $30) —Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S. Water St.

Breakfast Club (6:30pm; free; 80’s tribute)

Jazz Night with James Jarvis (8pm; FREE)

—The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St. —Bottega, 723 N. Fourth St.

The Drum Circle (8pm; FREE)

Spare Change (8pm; free; funk)

Striking Copper Trio (8pm; FREE; ROCK)


Kelly Hoppenjane (9:30pm FREE; PoP, coungry)

Open Mic Night w/ Bob Sarnataro (5:30pm; FREE)

Jared Michael Cline (9pm; free; Soul, Country, Reggae, Hip Hop and Pop)

—Tidal Creek Co-Op, 5329 Oleander Dr. #100

—Pour Taproom, 201 N Front St., Suite G101

Music Bingo w/DJ Sherri ‘So Very’ (7pm; free)

Blind Justice (9:30pm; FREE; rock)

—Pour Taproom, 201 N Front St

—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.


Benny Hill’s Sunday Jazz Jam, 7-10pm

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—Downtown Wilmington, 5 N. Water St.

Open Mic Presented by Hourglass Studios (6:30PM; FREE) —Bottega, 723 N. Fourth St.

The Jared Show, every other Wed., 7 pm

Iya Terra Oct. 22, 7-11:59pm

—Platypus and Gnome Restaurant, 9 S. Front St.

Paleo Sun (8pm; free; indie, reggae)

—The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St..

Sept. 20, Randy McQuay Live at BMC

Marc Siegel (7pm; free; guitarist)

Uncommon Ground Trio (7pm; FREE)

—Goat & Compass, 710 N Fourth St.

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—Rebellion NC, 15 S. Front St.


Music in the Garden: Gene Gregory (8PM; FREE; Acoustic, Rock)

Tuesday 1/2-price wine bottles

—Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.

—The Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St. —Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St..

Monday Mules $5

—The SeaWitch Cafe and Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Beach Ave N. VISIT WWW.RUCKERJOHNS.COM FOR FRIDAY MONDAY DAILY SPECIALS, MUSIC & EVENTS Cosmopolitan $4.50 Select Appetizers 1/2 Off after MONDAY 5pm in bar and patio areas Watermelon Martini $6.50 DAYSeasonal Big Domestic22oz. Draft Domestic Beers $2 Draft SamALL Adams Blue Pool Martini $6$5 Pizzas Bottles $3 TUESDAY TUESDAYSATURDAY Jack Be Chill $7.50 1/2 Off SelectLIVE Bottles of Wine IN THE JAzz BAR 22oz Deschutes Black Butte Absolute Dream $5 Half Price Bottles ofPorter Wine $5.50 $ 50 NC CraftAbsolut Bottles $3 5 • Pacifico 2 Willow Wit Dream $22oz Weeping WEDNESDAY Beer $5.50 WEDNESDAY 1/2 Off Nachos after 5pm 22oz Teach Peach Coronoa/ in bar andMiller patio Light areas Pints $150 Edward $ 50 $5.50 Wheat Domestic Pints $1.50Lite Bottles 2 Corona $ SUNDAY Corona/Corona Lt. $2.50 Margaritas/Peach Margaritas 4 Margaritas on the Rocks $4.50 All Flat Breads $6 after 5pm

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THURSDAY $ $ $3 Mimosa Appletinis 4, RJ’s Painkiller 5 Truly Lime Spiked and $ 50 Mary $4 Bloddy 2 Red Stripe Bottles Sparkling Water $3 Domestic $ 50 Pints $1.50 2 Fat Tire Bottles 22oz. Tropical Lightning 5564 Carolina Beach Road IPA $5.50 FRIDAY(910)-452-1212 $ 50our website Sinking Bahama Mama $7 $4, 007Visit Cosmos 3 $ 1/2 Off All Premium Guinnessfor Cans daily3specials, music and Red Wine Glasses upcoming events $

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LOCAL LOVES Striking Copper Trio performs at Pour Taproom on Friday, August 16th. Photo by Tom Dorgan.

—Hell’s Kitchen, 118 Princess St.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 SummerFest 19 (9:30am; $5; Reggae, Latin) —Battleship NC, 1 Battleship Road

Jeremy Mathews (7pm; FREE; rock/americana) —Mad Mole Brewing Company, 6309 Boathouse Rd.

Music in the Garden: Heter Pan (7pm; free) —The Sour Barn, 7211 Market St.

Eyeball/Exercise/THE WAKING LIFE (8pm; space rock)

—Flytrap Brewing, 319 Walnut St.

Just Yesterday (8pm; free; 90’s Grunge)


—The Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St.

—The SeaWitch Cafe and Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Beach Ave N.

Elonzo Wesley w/Salt Mullet (8pm; FREE; indie/ americana) —Bourgie Nights, 127 Princess Street

BROTHERS EGG (8pm; FREE; rock)

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Michael Eakins (9pm; FREE; Indie/Alternative)

—Pour Taproom, 201 N. Front St., Suite G101

Sunset Cruise with Ron & Luis (6:30pm; $30; acoustic duo)

—Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S Water St

Group Singing: Wilmington Sacred Harp (1:30pm; FREE) —Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.

Books, Beer, & Jazz Piano (3pm; free)

—Old Books on Front Street, 249 N. Front St.

Elliot Humphries (4pm; FREE; Folk/Rock)

—Salty Turtle Beer Company, 103 Triton Lane

Folkstone Stringband Outdoor Concert Benefiting Methodist Home for Children (5pm; free) Trinity UMC Family Life Center, 4008 So. College Rd.

Music Trivia (7pm; FREE)

The Rusty Nail, 1310 South 5th Avenue

RAC ‘N’ ROLL The Raconteurs will be performing songs from their new album, “Help Us Stranger,” at The Fillmore in Charlotte.


Photo by David James Swanson



8/14: Baroness 8/15: Fit for a King 8/16: 80s vs 90s Dance Party 8/17: Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes 8/18: Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes









8/23: Judah & The Lion 8/24 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

LINCOLN THEATRE 126 E. CABARRUS ST., RALEIGH, NC 8/16: The Gibson Brothers with the Wildmans (919) 821-4111 8/17: Best of Broadway with Brett Pardue 8/23: Charles Wesley Godwin 8/24: Phatt City

NEIGHBORHOOD THEATRE N. DAVIDSON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 358-9298 8/16: Chely Wright 8/17: Bakalao Stars 8/18: The Iguanas 8/22: Junior Brown


820 HAMILTON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 8/18: The Raconteurs 8/23: Stunna 4 Vegas 8/24: Grungefest 2019


820 HAMILTON ST., CHARLOTTE, NC (704) 916-8970 8/16: 12th Planet 8/17: The Stranger - Billy Joel Tribute 8/23: Listen Local Series: Faithful Annie


8/18: Game Grumps Live! 8/21: Gladys Knight 8/23:The Temptations and The Four Tops


500 SOUTH MCDOWELL ST., RALEIGH, NC (919) 996-8800 8/14: 21 Savage 8/18: Flogging Molly / Social Distortion

8/16: Woodstock and Beyond, featuring The Quadrivium Project 8/17: 12th Planet 8/21: Beres Hammond - Never Ending w/Harmony House Singers 8/23: Jive Mother Mary w/Biggins, Sixteen Penny, Legendary Lane

MOTORCO MUSIC HALL 723 RIGSBEE AVE, DURHAM, NC (919) 901-0875 8/15: Cowboy Mouth 8/16: Tessa Violet 8/17: Luewwd XVII 8/22: Junior Brown

CAT’S CRADLE 300 E. MAIN ST., CARRBORO, NC (919) 967-9053

8/15: Illiterate Light w/Special Guests Briston Maroney and Arson Daily 8/16: Sidney Gish, Lunar Vacation, Jack Willow Jr. 8/17 Dead Elvis Day 8/18: Dead Rider 8/19: Ben Dickey 8/20: The Bird and the Bee


(919) 462-2052 8/18: Big Head Todd & the Monsters and more 8/24: Night Nation Run


1400 EDWARDS MILL RD., RALEIGH, NC (919) 861-2300 8/20: Backstreet Boys



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SITTING IN A TREE Tift Merritt brings her downhome sounds to CAM for two shows this weekend. Courtesy photo



ith a 20-year-long career, seven studio albums and a Grammy nomination under her belt, within the last few years, Raleigh-born Tift Merritt has taken a deserved break. Yet, she is not remaining idle; she still plays the occasional show and works on passion projects. Before stopping in Big India, N.Y., to perform four shows in early September, Merritt will be stop over at the Cameron Art Museum on August 18 to play an afternoon and evening set. Throughout her career, Merritt has worked and toured with many artists ranging from Elvis Costello, Jason Isbell, Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine, to classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the New York Philharmonic. Rock stalwart Don Henley covered her song “Bramble Rose,” from her debut album of the same name, on his “Cass County” album in 2015. The cover featured Mick Jagger and country singer Miranda Lambert. With sincere, striking sounds, Merritt gives off a serene, cool vibe. Such can be heard on “Mixtape,” which combines traditional N.C. bluesy guitar riffs, sultry vocals and energetic violin. And she amps it up on “Stitch of the World,” evoking a ‘70s Stevie Nicks. Her latest album of the same name (“Stitch of the World,” 2017 Yep Roc Records) is a love letter of sorts to her unborn child and a changing era: dealing with the divorce of musician, Zeke Hutchins and moving back to N.C. after living in New York City.

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DETAILS TIFT MERRITT Aug. 18, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th Street General Admission: $25 Preferred Seating: $40 “I didn’t anticipate moving back,” she says. “I didn’t want to move again, but it turned out to be a beautiful blessing in disguise. I’m a big fan of being rooted in a place and understanding that it can take a lifetime. So it’s not much of a return home, but a part of home.” In 2017 Merritt toured with her daughter Jean throughout the U.S. and Europe. In her raw article with Oxford American (“Bramble Road,” May 4th, 2017), Merritt talks about her breaking point. When disrespectful bar owners played AC/DC over her set and motels became a little too dark and creepy, she said to herself: “I don’t think I can do this anymore.” “I had to reinvent what my work was going to look like when I took the constant aspect of being on the road out of things,” Merritt divulges. “I knew I had to become a project-based artist instead of an album-based artist. It feels good not to be a slave to the record cycle anymore. But that’s not to say my favorite thing isn’t having a beer and playing a rock show!” Some of Merritt’s recent projects include refurbishing an old motel, working on a secret N.C. historical writing project (which

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she may release snippets of in the coming months) and helping organize the North Carolina Museum of Art’s (NCMA) Summer Concert 20th anniversary in 2017. Much like what CAM is doing with their concert series, NCMA combined visual art with music, and let artists set up installations on stage alongside musical instruments.

Tift Merritt will play two

“We opened the stage so people could shows at CAM on Sunday come and look at the artwork and instruments and gain perspective that way,” Merritt recalls. “I always like breaking the drawings depict images from her spirituaudience barrier because those roles can al dream world, while Annie’s sculptures be overly set and constraining.” depict biblical scenes. Clyde’s sculptures CAM’s calm and pleasant environment bring to life fanciful animals with ordinary is the perfect place for Merritt to access a objects and Vollis’ large Whirligigs fill chilspecial relationship with the audience that dren with awe. she strives for. Merritt has personal connections with Anne Brennan, executive director at CAM, shares the same opinions as Merritt. Brennan and her staff are working to give folks a memorable experience. “A museum, if doing its job well, welcomes a visitor into a space that grants the experience of sanctuary,” Brennan describes. “With music, the focus is on bringing the participants as close physically and emotionally with the performer as possible.”

a few of the artists in the exhibition. She wanted to interview Vollis Simpson about his work, but was unable to do so before he passed. When she first started her music career, Merritt lived in Bynum, NC—Clyde Jones’ hometown. She would frequently play at the old Bynum General Store where Clyde would be on his ducttaped lawnmower, chatting with locals and pulling pranks on outsiders.

“Clyde and the community were dear friends of mine,” Merritt recalls. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to cross paths with his work again and be reminded of those times . . . I’m always in conversation with the South and vernacular culture. What I try to do with my music is to say things that aren’t simple in a plain-spoken way. The nice thing about being a musician is you count on the music to speak While maybe not at first glance, Merritt’s for itself, and I think it does.” homegrown music style and the pioneers Tickets for Merritt’s show on August 18 of outsider art have a lot in common. Both celebrate the deep-rooted mutual rela- are still available on CAM’S website. The tionship that exists between humans and event is a fundraiser, so proceeds will go the places we inhabit. “Merritt, Clyde, Vol- towards proving critical funds to bring unlis, Annie and Minnie” indulge in a purely der-resourced kids to CAM for field trips. creative process, born from an innate de- Food and drink will be available, as well. sire to share their stories. Minnie’s vibrant During her show, the art exhibit “Minnie, Clyde, Annie, Vollis: Outsider Art” is now on display. The four artists with completely different art styles, when they come together, tell a story of strength, individuality and innocence. Not influenced by the art market, local legends Minnie Evans, Clyde Jones, Annie Hooper and Vollis Simpson communicate a personal experience.

TIME AND MUSIC: Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins talks pot, music and celebrating more than 20 years together. Photo by Tom Dorgan

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ow that hemp production is legal in North Carolina (as part of a state pilot program allowed under federal law) and CBD becoming a growing industry, NC seems prime to climb aboard the “Green Rush.” At least we’re reaching a point of normalizing conversations about CBD, hemp and marijuana. “I use CBD pretty regularly and it helped my mom quite a bit in her later years dealing with arthritis,” says UM keyboardist Joel Cummins. “My dad also has some glaucoma issues and he was aided as well. The benefits are now well-documented and far outweigh the cons.” It’s no secret some folks like to spark up at concerts—there’s even an occasional danky haze at GLA—especially at an Umphrey’s McGee show. Hell, the band (in partnership with MedPharm Holdings) had its own limited release of cannabis strains “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse” over the summer in Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal. “I for one am glad to see decriminalization and legalization taking place with cannabis,” Cummins notes. “The drug is useful and helpful both medicinally and recreationally. I’m also thrilled about CBD and how much of a wonderful impact it has had on people struggling with pain.” Colorado mandates products are only available in licensed stores—so don’t expect it to be sold alongside CDs at the merch table—and while UM isn’t involved in any federal legislation advocacy, Cummins hopes we’re closer to all states decriminalizing cannabis. “Let’s not just limit the movement to states,” he adds, “we need to be heading in the direction of federal decriminalization as well.” OK, no more pot talk. Music. Umphrey’s McGee released back-to-back albums in 2018 (“It’s Not Us” and “It’s You”) to celebrate their 20-year anniversary. Taken from their November 2016 sessions at Chicago’s IV Lab Studios, Cummins says they wanted to split up the songs into groups that made sense and were cohesive.

DETAILS UMPHREY’S MCGEE with Magic City Hippies Sunday, August 18, 4:45 p.m. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater 1941 Amphitheatre Dr. Sold out • “We also didn’t want to have an album of A sides and an album of B sides,” he explains. “We wanted people to know we are moving forward in a big way and not resting on laurels just because we’ve been around for awhile. I think having some fire and determination accompanying the releases of the material made 2018 an exceptional year for the band.” They’ve since released a live “BeSides (it’s not us, it’s you)”; curated a “Back at the ‘Nac” live album from their 2018 New Year’s run; dropped a deluxe set with hidden surprises for “It’s Not Us”; as well as revisited their 2004 studio “Anchor Drop” with a special video series and “Anchor Drop Redux” release. Umphrey’s McGee will play from their extensive catalog at their sold-out Sunday at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. encore asked Joel Cummins about all their latest endeavors (there are many, it’s hard to keep up!), their decades-long career and what’s to come for UM. encore (e): Tell us about the impetus for the “Anchor Drop” episodes. What’s a personal favorite or two? Joel Cummins (JC): The “Anchor Drops” videos were done to accompany the 15 year re-release of the album. We remixed and remastered the album to celebrate it; I can’t say enough about how improved the new mixes are to my ears. So we did a video feature for every song on the album, in chronological order.

Really fun little project and Jefferson Waful did an outstanding job putting them together. My personal favorites from “Anchor Drops” are “Plunger” and “Wife Soup.” They’re two songs in our catalogue that have really stood the test of time. They’re songs that I think define our sound. e: Whose idea was it to hide the “Upward”/“Triangle” EP in the false wall of the slipcase in “It’s Not Us” deluxe set? JC: That idea was Matt Heller’s, he’s our acting office manager. Matt will also tell you that he got the idea from Cards Against Humanity. I thought it was brilliant and I hope Matt gets a raise.


Umphrey’s McGee preps for sold-out show at GLA as they created their own paths. It’s a pretty comprehensive starters work, and I’m proud to say we got to the #1 Amazon seller on our release day in two different musical categories.

e: It’s been a few years since we’ve seen UM As far as Umphrey’s McGee hitting the 21in ILM—will your sets mostly comprise the aforementioned albums, or will we likely get a year mark, the secret has been to keep pushing each other musically while being there for healthy mix of your 20-plus year catalog? each other as friends. We still have a lot of fun JC: Every night is a different experience. For on the road, and if you can’t do that you’re not the most part, we’ll play anywhere from two to gonna last very long. four new tunes a night and mix in songs from e: How are 20 years of playing together reour entire history throughout. That formula, or flected in your music today and/or on stage— lack thereof, has really kept people interested over the years. I think we have about 200 orig- what are some notable differences for you inal tunes in the annual rotation at this point, guys after all this time? and probably 125 or so that get played fiveJC: Our sound has gotten a little more complus times per year. Variety is the spice of life, plex and occasionally more varied over the and music, at least for Umphrey’s McGee. years. But overall I’d like to think the quality e: Speaking of spending eternity togeth- of our music has steadily improved while our er—how does it feel to have more than two stage production and light show has grown decades under your belt as a band? Are there incredibly. But overall I’d say that our desire to words of wisdom for those young musicians stay fresh, do things differently and have fun out there just starting to put miles on their doing it has really stayed the same. touring vans?

e: What hasn’t changed at all over the years? JC: I’m glad you asked. Yes, there are lots of words of wisdom I have for young musicians JC: What hasn’t changed, for me, is the and you can find them in my recently-released feeling I get making music with my friends. book “The Realist’s Guide to a Successful Mu- Every night I go out there, I’m enjoying the sic Career,” available on Amazon. Two years fact we get to entertain people and make ago I started writing the book with my co-au- them happy for a living. It’s a lot of fun being thor Matt DeCoursey, and the book is probably surrounded by people more talented than me. 50/50 music biz advice. But it’s not just about e: Any plans to enter the studio in 2019what we have to say. I also had conversations 20? Please, tell us about any projects you with lots of people in the industry from Huey have in the works. Lewis to Susan Tedeschi to Chuck Leavell to Taylor Hicks. They shared their stories of what JC: Wouldn’t you like to know! There are got them going and what mistakes they made some secrets that I shan’t divulge at this time.

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DADDY’S VIENNA SAUSAGE Courtney Rivenbark plays tongue and cheek with her fabric art, now on display at Waterline Brewing Co. Courtesy photo




lementines are Courtney Rivenbark’s fave food. In fact, at one point in her life, she admits to eating so many of them, her hands turned orange from the beta carotene. Today, the color stands out among her favorite, especially when paired with hot pink. “I love how they vibrate together when placed side by side,” Rivenbark says. The 25-year-old’s love for the fruit and her nickname, “Coco,” inspired her quirky brand Coco Clem on Etsy. Rivenbark sells handmade designs of fabrics, some even made into cool items, like a bathing suit featuring a mushroom garden or a pillowcase with a snail trail on it. Her love for illustration began when an old manager and coworker, Amy McMahon, commissioned a piece featuring her dog, Banana. “I drew him on a bike and made the background filled with bananas and banana leaves,” Rivenbark says. “I was shocked at how potent a repeat pattern could be, so I was like, ‘I need to draw more.’” And so she did. The support she received encouraged more work, more passion, more creativity and ideas. She began interning with Justin Mitchener at Brand Engine, where she learned how to transform her drawings into digital works of art. “What I’m doing is a combination of what everyone has so selflessly taught me and it blows my mind,” Rivenbark says excitedly. Currently attending UNCW’s fine arts program, Rivenbark will open her show “Chroma” on August 14, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., at Waterline. We interviewed her about the show and her passion. encore (e): Tell me about “Chroma”—the inspiration behind its name, how many pieces, sizes, prices, etc. Courtney Rivenbark (CR): Visually, the space will be represented with 21 framed 18-inches-by-24-inches brightly colored and patterned original illustrations. Each piece is a limited edition of 50 and $84. The inspiration behind the name is based


Courtney Rivenbark takes life less seriously with her creations on its definition: purity of a hue. With each illustration, I use color to organize and create an emotional tone. Most of my pieces in “Chroma” are purely saturated colors. I explored matching the overtones in each color pairing to also retain higher levels of saturation. This would be what I am referring to by intense color relationships: observing how color interacts and what role it plays when combined. As a whole, each piece in “Chroma” creates a static illusion of space, forcing the viewers eyes to move back and forth versus inward, creating flatness. e: How did you get involved in illustrating fabrics? CR: This collection began as a personal project in April of 2018 where I drew a pattern everyday, aspiring to create a series of 100 illustrations. With this project I wanted to practice allowing myself to draw freely and without judgement—no planning, researching or conceptualizing beforehand, like when I draw people. Though I quit my 100-day challenge on day 15 (laughs), I saw so much potential in this mini series, and knew I wanted to wear clothes with these ridiculous and funny patterns. So I researched how to print the designs onto fabric, and if this could be a sustainable endeavor (making sure there were no harmful inks, no water used in the printing process, how they recycle, etc). When I realized it could be a realistic pursuit, I reached out to Lauren Lassiter to see if she would be interested in sewing my designs because she’s a phenomenal seamstress and I admire her values

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as a person. Collaborating with Lauren has allowed me to keep this project entirely local, made to order, and not manufactured, limiting our waste. I met Lauren when I was 20 and interning at Castles Couture in 2014! Caroline and Lauren actually taught me how to cut fabric and sew. e: Will you take me through the process of creating one from start to finish? CR: My process begins by trying to make myself laugh and make sense of two seemingly different things: swans and tampons, Vienna sausages and used condoms, hearts and farts. I hand-draw the design, scan it, color it digitally, and turn it into a repeat pattern. Next, I decide what I would want to wear with the fabric. I just finished designing a classic scoop neck bralette swimsuit with high-waisted bottoms in the Strawb print. I draw out a sample of each design and discuss details with Lauren, and she makes each pattern from scratch. I order a swatch of the fabric to make sure the design is crisp. If all is good, I’ll order more fabric. If someone wanted to order this swimsuit, they would come to my studio where I’ll take their measurements, pass them onto Lauren, and she would sculpt each piece specifically for them. I also keep a journal of ways I want to release each new design into the world, to do so mindfully and with as much charisma as the designs itself.

DETAILS CHROMA Fabric art by Courtney Rivenbark, a.k.a. Coco Clem Opening reception: Aug. 14, 6 p.m. Waterline Brewing Co., 721 Surry St. and I encourage others to do the same. I want everything to feel like a giant inside joke with friends. By wearing Coco Clem, the joke is literally on you. e: How else do you hope folks connect with your art? CR: The practice of filling a space with repeat patterns symbolizes the various levels of repetitive thoughts we all experience. Some repetitive thoughts are intrinsically helpful (reminiscing, planning and emotional processing), while others have adverse effects on mental health (worry, stress, and rumination). “Chroma” has the potential to remind the viewer to experience and connect with themselves outside of a chronic pattern, regardless of which repetitive thought finds them.

I also absolutely adore collaborating with e: What’s next for you as an artist? Any my other good friends: Tory Silinksi and more shows this year or new collections and Sarah Royal, both photographers, as well as collaborations? Deanna-Gabrielle, Azalea Scott and Jessica CR: In the future, I see many hotties with Farmer, who have all modeled for Coco Clem! different types of bodies wearing Coco Clem. e: How do you imagine your fabrics being I also am working on advancing my sewing used? What vibe would you say you’re trying skills to be more a part of the production to put out into the world with them? process. I’m currently collaborating with CR: The vibe I feel deeply for Coco Clem Tory Silinksi to make a promo video to create is to find the humor in everything. Life is a Patreon (an online membership platform funner when I embrace absurdity, so I try so artists and creators get paid to create) to not to take things seriously or personally, get more funding for the project.

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ART OF FINE DINING In addition to our gallery at 210 Princess Street, Art in Bloom Gallery partners with local businesses to exhibit original art in other locations. Current art exhibits include: “TWENTY-TWO by THIRTY - From the flat files of GAYLE TUSTIN” is a selection of mixed-media artwork all in the size of 22″ x 30″ at PinPoint Restaurant, 114 Market Street. The art exhibit continues through September 23. “Asylum: Collages by Elizabeth Darrow” continues through September 30 at Platypus & Gnome Restaurant, 9 South Front Street. “Art of the Image ‘19,” a juried, photographic-media competition and exhibit continues through September 15, 2019 at theArtWorksTM, 200 Willard St. The art exhibit is a project of Art in Bloom Gallery, theArtWorksTM, and Beth Handler Riebe (“Local: art + ideas,), the juror who selected the art for the exhibit. Public hours are Fridays, 11am - 7pm; Saturdays, 11am - 5pm; Sundays, noon - 5pm; and by appointment at 484-885-3037.


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Catherine C. Martin, UNCW alumnus and accomplished expressionist painter, debuts new work in “Bright Lights, Bold Strokes.” Combining everything she has learned in her many years of painterly experience, this exhibition culminates in a collection of evocative figurative, landscape, and architectural pieces. Her bright colors contrast with her use of shadows and minimal bold brushstrokes portraying the love between a mother and child, the vista at the end of a journey, or the ennui of a teenager create images that are burned on the retina of memory.


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Pamela Toll: Landscape and Memory will open August 23, 6 to 9pm, and close September 27, 6 to 9pm, at Wilma D. Daniels Gallery Pam Toll, an associate professor at UNC Wilmington, has been drawing and painting since childhood, and this physical way of thinking is fundamental to her work. Toll received a BA in Art and English Literature from UNC Chapel Hill, and is a co-founder of both Acme Art Studios (Wilmington, NC 1991) and No Boundaries International Art Colony (Bald Head Island, NC 1998). This exhibition pursues the energy around trees, and comes from a lifetime spent among them.



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‘Men on Boats’ provides humor, adventure, and challenges how we look at history BY SHEA CARVER


hen it comes to American history, how often are women portrayed as an imminent part of its mold? Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Betsy Ross, Amelia Earhart, Harriett Tubman, Coretta Scott King … they exist, even if few, far and in between compared to many male counterparts popping up in history books and on TV and film. Playwright Jaclyn Backhaus decided to turn an historic American exploratory story, traditionally helmed by white cisgender men, on its tail a few years ago when she wrote “Men on Boats.” The 1869 expedition of the Grand Canyon follows Major John Wesley Powell and his crew’s journey down the Colorado River to

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discover America’s largest mass of sandstone, shale and limestone in Nevada. By researching Powell’s journal, Backhaus was able to combine the vernacular of the 1800s and mesh it with modern language as to provide a fresh lens in reimagining the adventure. But she took it one step further and decided to forego casting it with historical accuracy, in favor of highlighting a racially diverse, gender-nonconforming, and all-female or transgender female cast. “The play absolutely opens up a discourse about perceptions of history, gender and world view, and that is always a good thing,” Beth Swindell tells. Swindell is directing “Men on Boats” for Big Dawg Productions. The play premieres in Wilmington on Wednesday night. “It forces the audience to see this story in a different way,” Swindell continues. “Backhaus is very respectful of the story and men involved, but still finds a way to use the piece to reflect issues and inconsistencies in representation that we still see today. To be able to do that, while giving this many female actors a chance to play these physical, demanding and powerful roles, is quite amazing.” The cast consists of Eleanor Stafford, Erin Hunter, Sarah Matthews, Cate Walker, Lupin Byers, B’Ellana Duquesne, Mariah Martin, Emily Gomez, Aurora Flores and Grace Carlyle Berry. The women are not dressing up in drag—period costuming is done by Stephanie Scheu Aman—or even speaking and acting like men. Instead, they’re representing the male characters from within. They are embodying them like any role they would embrace; the only difference is they interpret men through the voice and physicality of a woman. “That’s where I see the beauty and the opening for a positive conversation,” Swindell details. Erin Hunter as William Dunn is fully enveloping characteristics of someone who challenges everything within himself—and of his leader and crew on the boat. His desire is for recognition, legacy and greatness. “When he gets a cliff named after him, it gives him validation and fuels his adventurous spirit,” Hunter says. Dunn cuts to the core humanity, showcasing wants and desires, which somehow prove quite the same between 1869 and 2019, according to Hunter. “We want to be seen for who we are and we want to be remembered, regardless of sex, ethnicity or background.”

only get a single narrative or perspective, it becomes easy to assume no other perspectives exist,” Vernon tells. “Then we end up losing so much of what those stories can offer us.” Though most females didn’t endure expeditions to find new lands in America in the 19th century—especially a government-sanctioned one—watching them act the story becomes fresh. It emanates bravery and shows how fear, sadness, joy, excitement, surprise, shame, and loss is universal, no matter circumstances or biological makeup. “It challenges the idea that certain types of characters are off limits to certain types of actors,” Vernon attests. “This is at heart an adventure, complete with roller-coaster rapids and superhuman struggles. It’s rare we get to see a play give non-male actors a chance to participate in adrenaline-fueled action comedies!” Much of the show has been hailed as quite funny, even though Backhaus has gone on record saying how surprised she was when areas of the script solicited humor. It’s merely the power of the text and the actor who handles it. Yet, playing the comic-relief of the crew is the cook, portrayed by Sarah Matthews. “He attempts to encourage a positive energy, while keeping everyone fed through the thrills, chills and death-defying spills,” Hawkins describes. She calls her role an uplifting encounter. “It’s almost been cathartic to play a man. The production has us question what other representation in history we are lacking due to overwhelming need for male conquests.” Donna Troy has designed a 3D set with murals and bright colors, while Vernon is behind the sound and Robb Mann in control of lighting. “Light and sound are so important to this production because we really need those elements to make the audience believe the characters are actually on a river and running rapids,” Swindell adds.

While the show is based on expedition and immediately is physical in its re-enactment (enduring waterfalls and rocky rivers searching for food, combating Mother Nature’s unforeseen strength), “Men on Boats” really puts on full display the inner workings of the human spirit and how we face trials and tribulations. It’s the thread that connects the characters to the story and mirrors the audience.

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“One focus of this season was the concept of how we tell our histories,” says Big Dawg artistic director Steve Vernon, “whether they be collective stories or personal narratives, and who we allow to tell history.” Vernon has highlighted points of view of varied people in a theatre setting this year. He focused on the African-American experience in August Wilson’s “How I Learned What I Learned” in May and women of historic power in “The Revolutionists” in March. “When we

TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN... A 10-man expedition to find the Grand Canyon comes to life with 10 females and transgender females taking on the roles in ‘Men on Boats,’ including Sarah Matthews, who plays the cook Hawkins. Photo by James Bowling

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BARE SKIN: Jaime Bell plays a white supremacist seeking redemption in ‘Skin’; (below) Ed Norton in ‘American History X Courtesy photo




e’re currently living through a polarizing time in our nation’s history. We’re forced to deal with the sobering reality that racism exists at an alarming level in 2019. It’s surprising to anyone who didn’t spend the vast majority of life living in the American South—an increasingly shitty social experiment where bigots and white nationalists have become too comfortable sharing their horrific world views. With these topics being daily headlines since white people decided America needed to be great again, exploring artistic endeavors and tackling the serious issue felt like a chore. That’s why I had to watch “Skin,” the new feature exploring the true story of Bryon Widner (Jaime Bell), and his experiences as a white supremacist and leaving that life behind. The film is a difficult, challenging examination of those who are conditioned to hate, and Bryon’s struggle to escape the violent, hyperbolic trappings of the family that raised him. Bryon is the face of the Neo-Nazi movement in rural Ohio—a face literally covered in symbols and iconography of the white power movement. He lives at a compound run by Fred (Bill Camp) and Ma (Vera Farmiga), who “rescue” young runaways and indoctrinate them into white-power ideologies. They create a small cell of protégés who can carry on their milky-white vision of America. The film does a great job of digging into a bleak, muddy landscape, visually and metaphorically. Bryon meets a single mother at a small rally and is immediately smitten. She has tried to distance herself from the movement after years of involvement. She wants to shield her children from the negative influence and violence. Bryon begins to question his own alle-

DETAILS SKIN Rated R, 2 hrs

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But it’s no easy task. To his adoptive parents, he’s not just a son but an investment that has never paid off. Bryon seeks out the aid of Daryle (Mike Cotton), who runs an organization attempting to help white supremacists sever ties and start over. Together, they’re able to help Bryon atone for past mistakes and shed his white-supremacist skin, quite literally. “Skin” is an engaging and uncomfortable movie. It works hard to put viewers into Bryon’s suffocating, disconnected existence. Jaime Bell delivers an exceptional performance, which never tries to portray Bryon as a victim. Instead, we see him as a monster trying to come to terms with the concept of mercy, while taking punch after punch as he seeks a new path. I was reminded a lot of 1998’s exceptional “American History X,” where Edward Norton masterfully charts a similar redemptive path while trying to escape the


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mob mentality of organized racism and find a life without hate. “Skin” has a lot of similarities to “American History X” in terms of theme and challenges presented to the main character. In a time where so many people struggle to wrap their heads around this swell of hatred in our country, these are two movies that anyone looking for perspective could greatly benefit from watching.

Directed by Tony Kaye Starring Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D’Angelo giances to the wayward cause after a violent confrontation with protesters. After being released from jail, he watches the only father figure he’s ever known recruit a young runaway and sees first-hand the predatory tactics used to find new recruits—taking desperate young men and promising them a “family.” Bryon begins to wonder if there can be a life for him beyond the hate-filled ideology that has become the fundamentalist foundation of his existence. Once he’s recruited to help attack a local mosque, he finally decides it’s time to part ways. encore | august 14 - august 20, 2019 | 23


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BLUEWATER WATERFRONT GRILL Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of sailing ships and the Intracoastal Waterway while dining at this popular casual American restaurant in Wrightsville Beach. Lunch and dinner are served daily. Favorites include jumbo lump crab cakes, succulent seafood lasagna, crispy coconut shrimp and an incredible Caribbean fudge pie. Dine inside or at their award-winning outdoor patio and bar, which is the location for their lively Waterfront Music Series every Sunday April - October. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC. (910) 256-8500. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon-Fri 11a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Waterfront dining ■ MUSIC: Music every Sunday in Summer ■ WEBSITE:

CAM CAFÉ CAM Café, located within the CAM delivers delightful surprises using fresh, local ingredients. The café serves lunch with seasonal options Tuesday through Saturday, inspired “small plates” on Thursday nights, an elegant yet approachable dinner on Thursday and brunch every Sunday. Look for a combination of fresh, regular menu items along with daily specials. As part of

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dining in an inspiring setting, the galleries are open during CAM Café hours which makes it the perfect destination to enjoy art of the plate along with the art of the museum. 3201 S 17th St. (910) 777-2363. ■ SERVING LUNCH, BRUNCH & DINNER: Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 2 pm; Thursday evening, 5pm-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

ELIJAH’S Since 1984, Elijah’s has been Wilmington, NC’s outdoor dining destination. We feature expansive indoor and outdoor waterfront dining, with panoramic views of riverfront sunsets. As a Casual American Grill and Oyster Bar, Elijah’s offers everything from fresh local seafood and shellfish to pastas, sandwiches, and Certified Angus Beef selections. We offer half-priced oysters from 4-6 every Wednesday & live music with our Sunday Brunch from 11-3. Whether you are just looking for a great meal & incredible scenery, or a large event space for hundreds of people, Elijah’s is the place to be. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11:30-10:00; Friday and Saturday 11:30-11:00 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ILM; kids menu

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HENRY’S A local favorite, Henry’s is the ‘place to be’ for great food, a lively bar and awesome patio dining. Henry’s serves up American cuisine at its finest that include entrees with fresh, local ingredients. Come early for lunch, because it’s going to be packed. Dinner too! Henry’s Pine Room is ideal for private functions up to 30 people. 2508 Independence Boulevard, Wilmington, NC. (910) 793.2929. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. - Mon. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Tues.- Fri.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sat.: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Daily blackboard specials. ■ WEBSITE:

NICHE Niche Kitchen and Bar features an eclectic menu, a large wine list, and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Close to Carolina Beach, Niche has a great selection of dishes from land to sea. All dishes are cooked to order, and Sundays features a great brunch menu! Niche’s heated covered patio is perfect for anytime of the year and great for large parties. And their bar has a great assortment of wines, even

offered half off by the glass on Tuesdays-Thursdays. Open Tues. - Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 910-399-4701. ■ OPEN LUNCH AND DINNER: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ WEBSITE:

PINE VALLEY MARKET Pine Valley Market has reigned supreme in servicing the Wilmington community for years, securing encore’s Best-Of awards in catering, gourmet shop and butcher. Now, Kathy Webb and Christi Ferretti are expanding their talents into serving lunch in-house, so folks can enjoy their hearty, homemade meals in the quaint and cozy ambiance of the market. Using the freshest ingredients of highest quality, diners can enjoy the best Philly Cheesesteak in Wilmington, along with numerous other sandwich varieties, from their Angus burger to classic Reuben, Italian sub to a grown-up banana and peanut butter sandwich that will take all diners back to childhood. Served among a soup du jour and salads, there is

something for all palates. Take advantage of their take-home frozen meals for nights that are too hectic to cook, and don’t forget to pick up a great bottle of wine to go with it. 3520 S. College Road, (910) 350-FOOD. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Sun. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Daily specials and take-home frozen meals ■ WEBSITE:

THE TROLLY STOP Trolly Stop Grill and Catering is a four store franchise in North Carolina. Trolly Stop Hot Dogs opened in Wrightsville Beach in 1976. That store name has never changed. Since the Wrightsville Beach store, the newer stores sell hotdogs, hamburgers, beef and chicken cheese steaks, fries, hand dipped ice cream, milk shakes, floats and more. Our types of dogs are: Southern (Trolly Dog, beef and pork), Northern (all beef), Smoke Sausage (pork), Fat Free (turkey), Veggie (soy). Voted Best Hot Dog in Wilmington for decades. Check our website for hours of operations, specific store offerings and telephone numbers, or contact Rick Coombs, 910-297-8416, We offer catering serving 25-1000 people. Franchises available. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ LOCATIONS: Wilmington, Fountain Dr. (910) 452-3952, Wrightsville Beach (910) 256-3921, Southport (910) 457-7017, Boone, NC (828) 2652658, Chapel Hill, NC (919) 240-4206 ■ WEBSITE:

ASIAN INDOCHINE RESTAURANT If you’re ready to experience the wonders of the Orient without having to leave Wilmington, join us at Indochine for a truly unique experience. Indochine brings the flavors of the Far East to the Port City, combining the best of Thai and Vietnamese cuisine in an atmosphere that will transport you and your taste buds. Relax in our elegantly decorated dining room, complete with antique Asian decor as well as contemporary artwork and music. Our diverse, friendly and efficient staff will serve you beautifully presented dishes full of enticing aromas and flavors. Be sure to try such signature items as the spicy and savory Roasted Duck with Red Curry, or the beautifully presented and delicious Shrimp and Scallops in a Nest. Be sure to save room for our world famous desert, the banana egg roll! We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients, and our extensive menu suits any taste. After dinner, enjoy specialty drinks by the koi pond in our Asian garden. Located at 7 Wayne Drive (beside the Ivy Cottage), (910) 251-9229. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Tues.- Fri. 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.; Sat. 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch. Mon.- Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner.

EATS J. MICHAEL’S 40-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Sun., Aug. 18, 4 p.m. Hanover Center, 3501 Oleander Dr. They will craft a 79-foot-long cheesesteak and a 79-foot-long chicken cheesesteak, to be served to special guests. Regular customers may watch the sandwich-making and attend a cheesesteak-eating contest (six in 20 minutes is the J. Michael’s record). T-shirts, coupons, specials, beach music, and a dance floor will be part of the celebration. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

NIKKI’S FRESH GOURMET For more than a decade, Nikki’s downtown has served diners the best in sushi. With freshly crafted ingredients making up their rolls, sushi and sashimi, a taste of innovation comes with every order. Daily they offer specialty rolls specific to the Front Street location, such as the My Yoshi, K-Town and Crunchy Eel rolls. But for less adventurous diners looking for options beyond sushi, Nikki’s serves an array of sandwiches, wraps and gyros, too. They also make it a point to host all dietary needs, omnivores, carnivores and herbivores alike. They have burgers and cheesesteaks, as well as falafal pitas and veggie wraps, as well as an extensive Japanese fare menu, such as bento boxes and tempura platters. Daily dessert and drink special are also on order. Check out their website and Facebook for more information. 16 S. Front St. (910) 771-9151. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am 10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 12pm10pm. Last call on food 15 minutes before closing. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:

both physically and mentally. Our menu consists of a wide range of steak, seafood, and chicken for the specially designed “Teppan Grill.” We also serve tastebud-tingling Japanese sushi, hand rolls, sashimi, tempura dishes, and noodle entrees. This offers our guests a complete Japanese dining experience. Our all-you-can-eat sushie menu and daily specials can be found at! 614 S College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Mon.-Thurs., 11am 2:30pm / 4-10pm; Fri., 11am-2:30pm / 4pm-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am9:30pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

SZECHUAN 132 Craving expertly prepared Chinese food in an elegant atmosphere? Szechuan 132 Chinese Restaurant is your destination! Szechuan 132 has earned the reputation as one of the finest contemporary Chinese restaurants in the Port City. Tastefully decorated with an elegant atmosphere, with an exceptional ingenious menu has deemed Szechuan 132 the best Chinese restaurant for years, hands down. 419 South College Road (in University Landing), (910) 799-1426. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Lunch specials ■ WEBSITE:


Lively atmosphere in a modern setting, Yosake is the delicious Downtown spot for date night, socializing with friends, or any large dinner party. Home to the never-disappointing Shanghai Firecracker Shrimp! In addition to sushi, we offer a full Pan Asian menu including curries, noodle dishes, and the ever-popular Crispy Salmon or mouth-watering Kobe Burger. Inspired features change weekly showcasing our commitment to local farms. Full bar including a comprehensive sake list, signature cocktails, and Asian Import Bottles. 33 S. Front St., 2nd Floor (910) 763-3172. ■ SERVING DINNER: 7 nights a week, 5pm; Sun-Wed. ‘til 10pm, Thurs ‘til 11pm, Fri-Sat, ‘til Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: 1/2 Price Sushi/Appetizer Menu nightly from 5-7, until 8 on Mondays, and also 10-Midnight on Fri/Sat. Tuesday LOCALS NIGHT- 20% Dinner Entrees. Wednesday 80S NIGHT - 80smusic and menu prices. Sundays are the best dealdowntown - Specialty Sushi and Entrees are BuyOne, Get One $10 Off and 1/2 price Wine Bottles.Nightly Drink Specials. Gluten-Free Menu upon request. Complimentary Birthday Dessert. ■ WEBSITE: @yosakeilm on Twitter & Instagram. Like us on Facebook.


OKAMI JAPANESE HIBACHI STEAK HOUSE We have reinvented “Hibachi cuisine.” Okami Japanese Hibachi Steakhouse is like no other. Our highly skilled chefs cook an incredible dinner while entertaining you on the way. Our portions are large, our drinks are less expensive, and our staff is loads of fun. We are committed to using quality ingredients and seasoning with guaranteed freshness. Our goal is to utilize all resources, domestically and internationally, to ensure we serve only the finest food products. We believe good, healthy food aids vital functions for well-being,

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Yoshi Sushi Bar and Japanese Cuisine offers something the greater Wilmington area has never seen before. We are seeking to bring true New York Style Sushi to Wilmington, with classic sushi and sashimi, as well as traditional rolls and some unique Yoshi Creations. We offer a variety of items, including Poke Bowls and Hibachi - and we also are introducing true Japanese Ramen Bowls! Come try it today! 260 Racine Dr, Wilmington 28403 (910)799-6799 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun. 12pm11pm, Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am11pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ WEBSITE:

BAGELS ROUND BAGELS Round Bagels and Donuts features 17 varieties of New York-style bagels, baked fresh daily on site in a steam bagel oven. Round offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches, grilled and fresh to order. Round also offers freshmade donuts daily! Stop by Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., and on Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.



FONDUE Wilmington’s favorite fondue restaurant! The Little Dipper specializes in unique fondue dishes with a global variety of cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, chocolates and fine wines. The warm and intimate dining room is a great place to enjoy a four-course meal, or indulge in appetizers and desserts outside on the back deck or in the bar while watching luminescent jellyfish. Reservations are appreciated for parties of any size. Located at the corner of Front and Orange in Downtown Wilmington. 138 South Front Street. (910) 251-0433. ■ SERVING DINNER: 5pm Tue-Sun; open daily from Memorial Day through October ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING Sunday half-price wine bottles; Monday beer and wine flights on special; Tuesday Local’s Night $11/person cheese and chocolate; Wednesday Ladies Night; Thursday $27 4-course prix fixe; Friday “Date Night” $85/ couple for 3 courses and a bottle of wine. ■ MUSIC: Tuesdays & Thursdays, May-Oct., 7– 9 p.m. (weather permitting) ■ WEBSITE:


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THE HARP Experience the finest traditional Irish family recipes and popular favorites served in a casual yet elegant traditional pub atmosphere. The Harp, 1423 S. 3rd St., proudly uses the freshest ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible, to bring you and yours the most delicious Irish fare! We have a fully stocked bar featuring favorite Irish beers and whiskies. We are open every day for both American and Irish breakfast, served to noon weekdays and 2 p.m. weekends. Regular menu to 10 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. weekends. Join us for trivia at 8:30 on Thursdays and live music on Fridays – call ahead for schedule (910) 763-1607. Located just beside Greenfield Lake and Park at the south end of downtown Wilmington, The Harp is a lovely Irish pub committed to bringing traditional Irish flavor, tradition and hospitality to the Cape Fear area ■ SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Greenfield Lake/DowntownSouth ■ FEATURING: Homemade soups, desserts and breads, free open wifi, new enlarged patio area, and big screen TVs at the bar featuring major soccer matches worldwide. ■ WEBSITE:

SLAINTE IRISH PUB Slainte Irish Pub in Monkey Junction has traditional pub fare with an Irish flair. We have a large selection of Irish whiskey, and over 23 different beers on draft, and 40 different craft beers in bottles. They have a large well lit outdoor patio with a full bar also. Come have some fun! They currently do not take reservations, but promise to take care of you when you get here! 5607 Carolina Beach Rd. #100, (910) 399-3980 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 11:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: South Wilmington, Monkey Junction ■ FEATURING: Irish grub, whiskeys, beer, wine, fun. ■ WEBSITE:


THE ITALIAN BISTRO The Italian Bistro is a family-owned, fullservice Italian restaurant and pizzeria located in Porters Neck. They offer a wide variety of N.Y. style thin-crust pizza and homemade Italian dishes seven days a week! The Italian Bistro strives to bring customers a variety of homemade items made with the freshest, local ingredients. Every pizza and entrée is made to order and served with a smile from our amazing staff. Their warm, inviting, atmosphere is perfect for “date night” or “family night.” Let them show you why “fresh, homemade and local” is part of everything they do. 8211 Market St. (910) 6867774

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SLICE OF LIFE “Slice” has become a home away from home for tourists and locals alike. Our menu includes salads, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, homemade soups, subs and, of course, pizza. We only serve the freshest and highest-quality ingredients in all of our food, and our dough is made daily with purified water. Voted “Best Pizza” and “Best Late Night Eatery.”All ABC permits. Visit us downtown at 125 Market Street, (910) 251-9444, in Wrightsville Beach at 1437 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 101, (910) 256-2229 and in Pine Valley on the corner of 17th and College Road, (910) 799-1399. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m., 7 days/week, 365 days/year. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, Downtown and Wilmington South. ■ FEATURING: Largest tequila selection in town! ■ WEBSITE:



Serving fresh, homemade Italian fare in midtown and south Wilmington, Antonio’s Pizza and Pasta is a family-owned restaurant which serves New York style pizza and pasta. From daily specials during lunch and dinner to a friendly waitstaff ensuring a top-notch experience, whether dining in, taking out or getting delivery, to generous portions, the Antonio’s experience is an unforgettable one. Serving subs, salads, pizza by the slice or pie, pasta, and more, dine-in, take-out and delivery! 3501 Oleander Dr., #2, and 5120 S. College Rd. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun., open at 11:30 a.m.) ■ NEIGHBORHOOD DELIVERY OFFERED: Monkey Junction and near Independence Mall

Zocalo Street Food and Tequila brings a modern version of cooking traditional Mexican street food through perfected recipes, with excellent presentation. Zócalo was the main ceremonial center for the Aztecs, and presently, it is the main square in central Mexico City. It bridges old school tradition with a twist of innovative cooking. Zocalo also has weekly events, such as their margarita and food tasting every Monday, 5-8 p.m., and a live taco station every Tuesday , 5-8 p.m. Live Latin music Is showcased every other Saturday and Sunday brunch begins at 10 a.m. Be sure to try Zocalo’s wide selection of the best tequilas! Owned and operated locally, locations are in Wilmington and Jacksonville, NC. Take out and delivery available through most apps. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER AND BRUNCH:



Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m - 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; closes 9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Pointe at Barclay ■ WEBSITE:

SANDWICHES J. MICHAEL’S PHILLY DELI The Philly Deli celebrated their 38th anniversary in August 2017. Thier first store was located in Hanover Center—the oldest shopping center in Wilmington. Since, two more Philly Delis have been added: one at Porters Neck and one at Monkey Junction. The Philly Deli started out by importing all of their steak meat and hoagie rolls straight from Amoroso Baking Company, located on 55th Street in downtown Philadelphia! It’s a practice they maintain to this day. We also have a great collection of salads to choose from, including the classic chef’s salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad, all made fresh every day in our three Wilmington, NC restaurants. 8232 Market St., 3501 Oleander Dr., 609 Piner Rd.

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SEAFOOD CAPE FEAR SEAFOOD COMPANY Founded in 2008 by Evans and Nikki Trawick, Cape Fear Seafood Company has become a local hotspot for the freshest, tastiest seafood in the area. With it’s growing popularity, the restaurant has expanded from its flagship eatery in Monkey Junction to locations in Porters Neck and Waterford in Leland. “We are a dedicated group of individuals working together as a team to serve spectacular food, wine and spirits in a relaxed and casual setting,” restaurateur Evans Trawick says. “At CFSC every dish is prepared with attention to detail, quality ingredients and excellent flavors. Our staff strives to accommodate guests with a sense of urgency and an abundance of southern hospitality.” Cape Fear Seafood Company has been recognized by encore magazine for best seafood in 2015, as well as by Wilmington Magazine in 2015 and 2016, and Star News from 2013 through 2016. Monkey Junction: 5226 S. College Road Suite 5, 910-799-7077. Porter’s Neck: 140 Hays Lane #140, 910-681-1140. Waterford: 143 Poole Rd., Leland, NC 28451 ■ SERVING LUNCH AND DINNER: 11:30am4pm daily; Mon.-Thurs.., 4pm-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 4pm 10pm; Sun., 4pm-8:30pm. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown, north Wilmington and Leland ■ WESBITE:

SIPS WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH BREWERY LAGERFEST Sat., Aug. 24, 6 p.m. 24 Greenville Ave. WB Brewery’s 2nd annual Lagerfest is about sipping lagers and super creative beers in a beautiful beer garden. Tickets include unlimited samples (drink responsibly), a commemorative glass, and a jumbo soft pretzel. Tickets: $30

CATCH Serving the Best Seafood in South Eastern North Carolina. Wilmington’s Native Son, 2011 James Beard Award Nominee, 2013 Best of Wilmington “Best Chef” winner, Chef Keith Rhodes explores the Cape Fear Coast for the best it has to offer. We feature Wild Caught & Sustainably raised Seafood. Organic and locally sourced produce & herbs provide the perfect compliment to our fresh Catch. Consecutively Voted Wilmington’s Best Chef 2008, 09 & 2010. Dubbed “Modern Seafood Cuisine” we offer an array Fresh Seafood & Steaks, including our Signature NC Sweet Potato Salad. Appetizers include our Mouth watering “Fire Cracker” Shrimp, Crispy Cajun Fried NC Oysters & Blue Crab Claw Scampi, & Seafood Ceviche to name a few. Larger Plates include, Charleston Crab Cakes, Flounder Escovitch & Miso Salmon. Custom Entree request gladly accommodated for our Guest. (Vegetarian, Vegan & Allergies) Hand-crafted seasonal desserts. Full ABC Permits. 6623 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28405, 910-799-3847. ■ SERVING DINNER: Mon.-Sat. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: North Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Acclaimed Wine List ■ WEBSITE:

■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ FEATURING: Fresh daily steamed oysters. ■ WEBSITE:

MICHAEL’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Established in 1998, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant is locally owned and operated by Shelly McGowan and managed by her team of culinary professionals. Michael’s aspires to bring you the highest quality and freshest fin fish, shell fish, mollusks, beef, pork, poultry and produce. Our menu consists of mainly locally grown and made from scratch items. We count on our local fishermen and farmers to supply us with seasonal, North Carolina favorites on a daily basis. Adorned walls include awards such as 3 time gold medalist at the International Seafood Chowder Cook-Off, Entrepreneur of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and Encores readers’ choice in Best Seafood to name a few. 1206 N. Lake Park Blvd. (910) 458-7761 ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days 11 am – 9 pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach ■ FEATURING: Award-winning chowder, local se food and more! ■ WEBSITE:

OCEANIC Voted best seafood restaurant in Wilmington, Oceanic provides oceanfront dining at its best. Located in Wrightsville Beach, Oceanic is one of the most visited restaurants on the beach.

Choose from a selection of seafood platters, combination plates and daily fresh fish. For land lovers, try their steaks, chicken or pasta dishes. Relax on the pier or dine inside. Oceanic is also the perfect location for memorable events, such as wedding ceremonies & receptions, birthday gatherings, anniversary parties and more. Large groups welcome. Private event space available. 703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach. (910) 256.5551. ■ SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & SUNDAY BRUNCH: Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 10pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Wrightsville Beach ■ FEATURING: Dine on renovated Crystal Pier. ■ WEBSITE:

THE PILOT HOUSE The Pilot House Restaurant is Wilmington’s premier seafood and steak house with a touch of the South. We specialize in local seafood and produce. Featuring the only Downtown bar that faces the river and opening our doors in 1978, The Pilot House is the oldest restaurant in the Downtown area. We offer stunning riverfront views in a newly-renovated relaxed, casual setting inside or on one of our two outdoor decks. Join us for $5.00 select appetizers Sunday-Thursday and live music every Friday and Saturday nigh on our umbrella deck. Large parties welcome. Private event space available. 910-343-0200. 2 Ann Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Experience the ‘Buzzed Bull Difference’ A family friendly liquid nitrogen creamery with small batch ice creams and milkshakes specializing in buzzed (alcohol infused for 21+) and non-buzzed flavors.

Always fresh and made-to-order. Millions of flavor combinations.

DOCK STREET OYSTER BAR Voted Best Oysters for over 10 years by encore readers, you know what you can find at Dock Street Oyster Bar. But we have a lot more than oysters! Featuring a full menu of seafood, pasta, and chicken dishes from $4.95-$25.95, there’s something for everyone at Dock Street. You’ll have a great time eating in our “Bohemian-Chic” atmosphere, where you’ll feel just as comfort able in flip flops as you would in a business suit. Located at 12 Dock St in downtown Wilmington. Open lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. (910) 7622827. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: 7 days a week.

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■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm and Sunday Brunch,. 11am-3pm. Kids menu ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Riverfront Downtown Wilmington ■ FEATURING: Fresh local seafood specialties, Riverfront Dining, free on-site parking ■ MUSIC: Outside Every Friday and Saturday ■ WEBSITE:

SHUCKIN’ SHACK Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has two locations in the Port City area. The original Shack is located in Carolina Beach at 6A N. Lake Park Blvd. (910458-7380) and our second location is at 109 Market Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington (910-833-8622). The Shack is the place you want to be to catch your favorite sports team on 7 TV’s carrying all major sports packages. A variety of fresh seafood is available daily including oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and crab legs. Shuckin’ Shack has expanded its menu now offering fish tacos, crab cake sliders, fried oyster po-boys, fresh salads, and more. Come in and check out the Shack’s daily lunch, dinner, and drink specials. It’s a Good Shuckin’ Time! ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Carolina Beach Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: Noon-2am, Historic Wilmington: Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat:11am-Midnight. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Carolina Beach/Downtown ■ FEATURING: Daily lunch specials. Like us on Facebook! ■ WEBSITE:


enous to the South: fried chicken, barbecue, catfish, mac‘n’cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, chicken‘n’dumplings, biscuits and homemade banana puddin’ are among a few of many other delectable items. 5559 Oleander Drive. (910) 798-2913. ■ SERVING LUNCH & DINNER: Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Mon. & Tues. ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown ■ FEATURING: Pig’s feet and chitterlings. ■ WEBSITE:

August 22, 6:30 p.m. Five courses paired with different varieties of Veuve Clicquot $125 per person: RX RESTAURANT & BAR Located in downtown Wilmington, Rx Restaumotions/veuve-clicquot-dinner rant and Bar is here to feed your soul, serving up Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 301 North Southern cuisine made with ingredients from local Water Street

SOUTHERN CASEY’S BUFFET In Wilmington, everyone knows where to go for solid country cooking. That place is Casey’s Buffet, winner of encore’s Best Country Cookin’/ Soul Food and Buffet categories. “Every day we are open, somebody tells us it tastes just like their grandma’s or mama’s cooking,” co-owner Gena Casey says. Gena and her husband Larry run the show at the Oleander Drive restaurant where people are urged to enjoy all food indig-

farmers and fishermen. The Rx chef is committed to bringing fresh food to your table, so the menu changes daily based on what he finds locally. Rx drinks are as unique as the food—and just what the doctor ordered. Join us for a dining experience you will never forget! 421 Castle St.; 910 399-3080. ■ SERVING BRUNCH & DINNER: Tues-Thurs, 5-10pm; Fri-Sat, 5-10:30pm; Sun., 10am-3pm and 5-9pm ■ NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown ■ WEBSITE:

SPORTS BAR CAROLINA ALE HOUSE Voted best new restaurant AND best sports bar of 2010 in Wilmington, Carolina Ale House is the

place to be for award-winning food, sports and fun. Located on College Rd. near UNC W, this lively sports-themed restaurant. Covered and open outdoor seating is available. Lunch and dinner specials are offered daily, as well as the coldest $2 and $3 drafts in town. 317 S. College Rd. (910) 791.9393. SERVING LUNCH, DINNER & LATE NIGHT: 11am-2am daily. NEIGHBORHOOD: Midtown FEATURING: 40 HD TVs and the biggest HD projector TVs in Wilmington. WEBSITE:

TAPAS/WINE BAR THE FORTUNATE GLASS WINE BAR Under new ownership! Tom Noonan invites you to enjoy his remodeled space, featuring a new sound system and new bar, in a warm, relaxed environment. Taste 40 craft beers, over 400 wines by the bottle, a wide selection of cheese and charcuterie, with gourmet small plates and desserts to go! And don’t miss their weekly wine tastings, every Tuesday, 6 p.m. 9 p.m. SERVING DINNER & LATE NIGHT: Mon., Closed; Tues.-Thurs., 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Fri., 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Sun., 4 - 10 p.m. NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown, 29 S Front St. WEBSITE:

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LOVE AND LITERATURE Prenuptial counseling comes in the dissection of the famed Harry Potter series for Amanda Young and Kevin Wilson’s new podcast. Photo by Michael Escobar Photography




ilmington’s literary community keeps gaining accolades (two National Book Awards nominees in 2015) and attention in the press. With multiple established publishers in the state (Algonquin, Blair) and new smaller presses gaining traction (Eno, Bull City), it is timely to shine a light on discussions around literature, publishing and the importance of communicating a truthful story in our present world. Welcome to Carpe Librum, encore’s biweekly book column, wherein I will dissect a current title or an old book or maybe a podcast—because literature does not exist in a vacuum but emerges to participate in a larger, cultural conversation. I will feature many NC writers; however, the hope is to place the discussion in a larger context and therefore examine works around the world. The Fox and the Foxhound: Love, Marriage, and Harry Potter Podcast By Amanda Young and Kevin Wilson

The idea of pre-marital counseling isn’t universally embraced. Some people shun

it, not wanting to discuss their lives with a stranger—sometimes an unmarried one at that. Others pursue it as a matter of course and others actively seek it prior to nuptials. One friend credits premarital counseling ending an engagement before they made a colossal mistake. Two local creators are taking a different approach to the topic. They have asked J. K. Rowling to get them through premarital counseling. Amanda Young and Kevin Wilson are getting married. If you have even a passing acquaintance with Amanda, you know she is obsessed with Harry Potter and his world. What is shocking is she is marrying a man who has never read the books. Despite the fact they have shared a home for years, he has never read the books that are the basis of her personal cosmology. For me the parallel would be trying to build a life with someone who had never heard of Arlo Guthrie. Unthinkable. In Kevin’s defense, he has decided to read the series. Now, they have launched a podcast, discussing the books and lessons they will apply to their marriage. It is actually pretty damn brilliant. Each episode involves discussing the

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portion of the book they have each read thus far. The commentary is, of course, entertaining. I mean they are two, smart, witty performers, so they can put on a show! Not to mention they have great material to work with. But the literary criticism and deconstruction is actually some of the most insightful I have encountered about literature in a long time. Now, I love “Thug Notes” and “Sassy Gay Friend,” both of which explore the classics in relatable, contemporary ways. But “The Fox and the Foxhound” isn’t really (intentionally) a comedic take on the Potter books—neither is it a one-note joke. It is a very thoughtful look at what sharing an unfolding life can look like: as a couple, as a reader, as a thinking person—who applies the themes and messages of art to the real world— and not least of all, as the hero of a story that will touch millions of lives (Rowling and Potter). Together, they explore the Potter books but also the films, theme parks and conventions fan culture. For example, as this goes to press, the duo are headed to LeakyCon, a Harry Potter Convention. “I am doing my typical Tonks cosplay (she’s my go-to and the perfect choice for me, all of my Hufflepuff stuff works, I love wearing wigs, and if I trip or act goofy as I am prone to do . . . it just looks like a character choice),” Young confirms in an email. “Kev won’t cosplay unless it’s really done correctly, and he doesn’t feel like he knows enough about anyone to really do it, so for now he’s planning on just wearing some Ravenclaw stuff throughout the weekend.” In the interest of honesty, I should disclose I really admire both Young and Wilson as people, thinkers and creators. I do wish I could spend more time with them in real life. Since that has yet to happen, listening to their podcast in many ways feels like I get all the benefits of having them in my living room, holding forth on


Marriage and Harry Potter in local podcast, ‘The Fox and the Foxhound’ the weighty topics on the universe; it is a wonderful consolation prize. I also should add, sort of like Kevin, I missed the Harry Potter boat. I read the first book aloud as a bedtime book with my college boyfriend, and I never really read beyond it. As Kevin points out, you can’t live in this culture without absorbing some of Harry Potter. Following their journey and insight, the audience almost gets a master class in world-building, character development and novel plotting. As a lover of literature and devoted audience member, it is mesmerizing to absorb the way the story is experienced and discussed. As a writer ... it is invaluable. To have the opportunity to listen to two intelligent, devoted audience members break down the books, relate them to real life and reassemble them before my very ears is pretty much what most creative writing programs attempt to do. The pièce de résistance comes at the end of the episode, when they ask each other what they learned and how to apply it to their forthcoming nuptials. It’s the most important step; it is not about theoretical ideals of love, or even something you say or do. It is about the building blocks of daily life and decisions you make all day long every day. How we treat the most important people in our lives should be at the forefront and a lens we apply to art, philosophy and reflection of life.

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Fri., 6:30pm: Looking for something different to do? Look no further! Come aboard The Wilmington, our comfortable catamaran, for a fun cruise down the Cape Fear River as we cruise into the sunset. Grab a tasty cocktail or drink from our full bar and sit back and relax as you listen to live music from local musicians. One-of-akind music venue in Wilmington and this cruise is one of our most popular excursions, so be sure to book early! Wilmington Water Tours, 212 Water St.

Thurs., 8am: Come shop the Kure Beach Market held every Tuesday through Aug. 27 from 8am-1pm! Shop for local hand crafted goods while enjoying beautiful ocean views! Located at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and Pavilion! Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave.


Every Sun., 10am-3pm: An open air artisan market in downtown Wilmington, NC. It meets Sundays through Oct. 27 at Riverfront Park. Riverfront Park, 5 N Water St.


Aug. 16, 6:30pm: Join friends, supporters, and those passionate about the future of Wilmington at CoWorx on Friday the 16th. Meet Scott Monroe, candidate for Wilmington City Council, to tell him about your concerns and ideas for the city. Coworx – The Cargo District, 1608 Queen St.


charity/fundraisers PORT CITY JERRY DAY

Aug. 17, 4pm: City of Wilmington presents the 2nd Annual Port City Jerry Day for the United Way sponsored by Edward Teach Brewery. Featuring Cosmic Charlie, the preeminent Grateful Dead cover band in Southeastern US, and The Possums. Doors at 7pm and show at 8pm. $10 admission. With ticket purchase, come early for the Shakedown Street Experience at 4:00 pm in the BAC courtyard with vendors, good beer and vibes. CheeseSmith Co. food truck onsite. 100 percent of the proceeds go to benefit the United Way Cape Fear Area. Tickets on sale now at Eventbrite. Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. 4th St.


Aug. 17, 4pm: Featuring everyone’s favorite lip-smacking barbecue from Middle of the Island. For only $9 you can enjoy a generous plate of barbecue, beans, coleslaw, potato salad, a roll and dessert accompa-

nied by a refreshing drink. Relax inside the beautiful community center with friends and neighbors while listening to songs performed by local artist Eric Keely. The Community Center Committee would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of the Annual BBQ event: Big Daddy’s Restaurant, Blue Marlin Beach Shop & Lodging and Kure Memorial Lutheran Church. Kure Beach Community Center, 118 N 3rd Ave.


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Every 1st & 3rd Sunday, through Oct 20, 5pm-7pm, skips Labor Day weekend. Free concerts at Kure Beach’s Ocean Front Park. Bring your beach chair or blanket, friends, family, and neighbors and enjoy the music! Purchase your Boogie in the Park gear at the link provided. shop.spreadshirt. com/tokb.Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave.


Live On The Loop is back for our 2019 Season! Every Thursday from 6-9pm at The Sailfish! Experience some of Wilmington’s best local artists with drink specials and delicious food options! 8/15: Dos Eddies; 8/22: Crystal Fussell; 8/29: Desperado Duo; 9/5: Access 29; 9/12: Cross Creek Band; 9/19: The Casserole; 9/26: Signal Fire Acoustic. Sailfish, 2570 Scotts Hill Loop Rd.


Downtown Sundown concert series, presented by Outdoor Equipped, each Friday night through Aug. 30. Aug 17: ZZ Top tribute band. Free, 6:30pm, feat. both local performers and touring bands. Ligon Flynn Parking Lot, 20 S. 2nd St.

Airlie’s 2019 Summer Concert Series runs every 1st and 3rd Friday through September 20, 6pm-8pm. In the case of rain, Airlie not make a decision to cancel until after 4pm and post on website and Facebook page. Seating is open-lawn, and all outdoors lawn chairs are permitted. All GA and member parking at 230 Government Center Dr., with free shuttle service running continuously throughout the evening. Front Street Brewery & Noni Baca Winery will sell food & beverage items. Outside food and beverages are permitted. Aug. 16: Bibis Ellison Band. Advanced tickets only: Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Rd.


Every Tuesday from 8-11pm, the longest continuous Drum Circle for over 6 year provides an open forum, featuring djembe, dounbek, conga, bongo, cajon, yosika and other hand drums and percussive instruments. Friendly environment for the enjoyment of rhythm & dance. All levels, rhythms welcome! Loaner drums available. Free. Hosted by Ron at Bottega Art & Wine Bar, Brooklyn Arts District. 723 N. Fourth St.


Aug. 16, 8pm: The most anticipated event of the summer. Come together at Juggling Gypsy with DJ Curtis T spinning a groovy musical mix from the greatest minds of the counterculture who gathered 50 years ago in Woodstock to share a vision of love, peace, and music within the human race. The Juggling Gypsy, 1612 Castle St. jugglinggypsy. com.


Aug. 18, 2pm and 7pm: Cameron Art Museum welcomes North Carolina native Tift Merritt—a Grammy-nominated performer who has released seven studio albums. Folks often compare her to Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. Merritt started her musical career playing the front porch at the General Store in Bynum, NC. It was here in Bynum that she met artist Clyde Jones, whose work is featured in CAM’s current exhibition Minnie, Clyde, Annie, Vollis (on view through Sept. 22). Both concerts will benefit scholarships and field trips for unserved youth. Admission: $40 preferred seating, $25 GA. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.


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On sale Aug. 20: Tickets to the eight-concert series, playing a range of jazz genres in an intimate listening room performance. All concerts are 6:30-8pm, 1st Thursdays, September 2019 – April 2020 at Cameron Art Museum. Presented by CAM and Cape Fear Jazz Society: CAM/CFJS Members: $17; non-members: $25; students with valid college ID $12 (tax and fees not included). Sept. 5 – Willie E. Atkinson and the Transitional Jazz Trio; Oct. 3 – Sidecar Social Club; Nov. 7 – Ron Brendle Quartet; Dec. 5 – Paolo André Gualdi; 2020: Jan. 9 – Stanley Baird Group; Feb. 6 – Andrew Berinson Trio; Mar. 5 – Lenora Zenzalai Helm; Apr. 2 – John Brown Quintet. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.

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Through Aug. 24, 7pm: See review on page 21. Book by Peter DePietro, music by Galen Blum, Wayne Barker and Vinnie Martucci, and lyrics by Tom Chiodo. Fri & Sat nights only; complimentary Valet Parking. Tickets $22-$52—3-course meal with $52 tickets. $10 off during opening weekend only. Directed by Mike Thompson, with musical direction by Linda Markas, the musical is based on everyone’s favorite board game­—a ‘whodunnit’ dinner musical that gets the audience involved on solving the mystery! TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.


Aug. 15-18, 7:30pm; Sun. matinees, 3pm: Opera House Theatre Company presents Billy Elliot: The Musical. While living amid the angst of the 1984 miners’ strike in northern England, Billy Elliot discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community, and changes his life forever. Based on the hit film, the score comes from none other than Elton John. Thalian Hall, 301 Chesnut St.


“The Biggest Little Farm,” August 14, 7pm with additional screening at 4pm on 14. When the barking of their dog leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and idealism as they attempt to create utopia. They plant thousands of trees and crops, and bring in animals of every kind—including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. As their plan to create perfect harmony takes a series of wild turns, they realize, in order to survive, they will have to reach a greater understanding of the intricacies and wisdom of nature and life. • Aug. 19-21, 7pm. additional screen at 4pm on 21: “Maiden” is the story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-yearold cook in charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides. Male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, and the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure. Potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. But Tracy refused to give up. She remortgaged her home and bought a secondhand boat, putting everything on the line to ensure the team made it to the start line. Thalian Hall, 301 Chesnut St.


Aug. 15, 7pm: Showing documentary “The Spy Behind Home Plate,” which follows Morris “Moe” Berg, an enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. In the 1920s and 1930s, Berg caught and fielded in the major leagues during baseball’s Golden Age. Still, very few people know Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and spied in Eu-

MEN ON BOATS rope while played a prominent role in America’s efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during WWII. The movie was released in May 2019. The Pointe 14 Cinemas, 2223 Blockbuster Rd.


Aug. 18, at dusk: The Movie at the Lake at Carolina Beach Lake Park features “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.” Concessions available. No alcohol or glass allowed. Film begins at dusk. Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes. Rated PG. Atlanta Ave and S lake Park Blvd.

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TheatreNOW hosts Shakespeare brunch, abridged readings of one of the Bard’s classic plays. Reserved seating. Doors open at 11:30am. $5 of every ticket sold will go to a local Shakespeare educational outreach program. Brunch and dessert with choice of entrée included in ticket. Aug. 18: “Romeo & Juliet.” TheatreNOW, 19 S. 10th St.

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“Oedipus Rex” by Sophocles—the ancient Greek tragedy. Maybe you read it in class in school or are familiar with the complex? Well, we took that show, cut the boring parts, kept the inappropriate bits, and created a drinking game! “Oedipus Wrecked” showcases local acting legends Steve Vernon, J Robert Raines, Grace Carlyle Berry and Rebekah Carmichael in a theatrical immersive experience you’ll want to talk about Monday morning. Performing at Whiskey Tango Fox-

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Colorado River.This astounding play casts all women to portray these intrepid conquerors of nature, in a wonderful blend of comedy, adventure, history and movement. An exhilarating take on the first official U.S. government-sponsored passage through the Grand Canyon, told through a brand new lens, as well as an exploration of how we look at history, and who we allow to tell it. 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. on Sundays Tickets are $18 on Thursdays and $22 for seniors/students/military. $25 GA at Cape Fear Playhouse, 613 Castle St.


Aug. 15-25, Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun, 3pm: A sidesplitting sendup of greed, love, revolution and musicals, in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Tickets $20$25 at or 910-251-1788. Hannah

Block USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St.


Aug. 24, 11am: A community of writers for stage and screen, resumes meetings after summer break. Newcomers at any stage of experience are invited to join the lively discussion as members read and discuss new scripts. For additional information, go to or send emails to portcityplaywrightsproject@ Pine Valley Library, 3802 South College Rd.


Meet working artists, and see works in progress. Everything from sculptures to fine jewelry in this unique location. Free parking, fun for everyone. Over 45 artist’s works to enjoy. Free, 6-9pm, 4th Fri. ea. mo. theArtWorks, 200 Willard St.


Fourth Friday Gallery Nights, Wilmington’s premier after-hours celebration of art and culture, 6-9pm, fourth Fri. ea. month. Art openings, artist demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments. Administered by the Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC, numerous venues participate.


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Chelsea Lea’s “Tiny Worlds” on display at Waterline Brewery. Body of work explores imaginary places made inside cigar boxes. Larger than life sculptures surround miniature dioramas. 721 Surry St.


Meet the artist and enjoy complimentary champagne and appetizers. Free and open to the public. Elizabeth Darrow has made Wilmington her home since 1977. Born in Hartford, Conn. Darrow is a 1967 graduate of Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio), where she majored in painting. She has been working in oil and collage throughout her career, usually in the manner of Abstract Expressionism. Each piece takes her on a journey of discovery where she hopes to lose herself to the process. Exhibit through Sept. 30.


A series of photographs of real and artificial moons. by Courtney Johnson In addition to photographs of the earth’s moon, photographs were made of temporary sculptures of sand, dirt, flour, dough, papier-mâché, and clay, as well as camera-less digital and analog photographs made with moonlight. The images emphasize photography’s ability to deceive, raising questions about collective memory, belief, and reality. Tension between natural and artificial, along with the logistics of creating detailed images of the moon’s surface, also addresses

technological advancements and human impact. Coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch. Exhibit through Aug. 30. UNCW CAB Art Gallery, 5270 Randall Dr.


Through Aug. 24: “Impressions: Loving the Cape Fear” art exhibit at the Bellamy Mansion Museum featuring original art by Owen Wexler. Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.


Cape Fear Camera Club presents the “Best of the Best” Grand Ribbon Winners from over 400 images entered in club competitions, plus members’ images that received recognition in international competitions of the Photographic Society of America. Aces Gallery, 221 N. Front St.


Catherine C. Martin, UNCW alumnus and accomplished expressionist painter, debuts new work in “Bright Lights, Bold Strokes.” Martin combines everything she has learned through years of painterly experience in a collection of evocative figurative, landscape, and architectural pieces. New Elements Gallery. 271 N. Front St.


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WHQR Public Radio’s MC Erny Gallery presents “Midsummer Expressions: Paintings by Liz Hosier and Peggy Vineyard.” Reception on Friday, Aug. 23, and the show will remain on display until September 13. A portion of the proceeds from any sale of art benefits WHQR. 254 North Front Street #300. www. Art in Bloom Gallery and theArtWorks of Wilmington announce a special art exhibit: “Art of the Image ’19,” a juried photographic media competition and exhibition. Seventy artists from 14 states across the United States entered the juried competition which was open to all photographers and artists submitting original photography utilizing traditional and non-traditional processes. The opening reception will also celebrate the 6th anniversary of theArtWorks. A reception on Fourth Friday Gallery Night, Aug. 23, 6-9pm. On display until September 15. Free and open to the public. 200 Willard St., in S. Front District.


Pamela Wallace Toll, Assistant Professor in the Art and Art History Department at the University Of North Carolina Wilmington, graduated with a degree in English and Art from the University of NC at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting at East Carolina University. In 1991 Toll co-founded Acme Art Studios, a work place for artists, which also hosts art events and exhibitions, most recently in conjunction with the Wilmington Fourth Friday Gallery Crawl.. In 1998 she and two partners established the No Boundaries International Art Colony whose mission is to lay aside national boundaries in favor of cross cultural exchange. Wilma Daniels Gallery at Cape Fear Community College, 200 Hanover St.


Aug. 14, 6pm: Coco Clem is an independent fashion brand that seeks to encourage playful self expression while utilizing sustainable production methods. Designer Courtney Rivenbark presents her exclusive illustrated fabric collection with Chroma, an exhibition of intense color relationships. Coco Clem partners with seamstress Lauren Lassiter to hand-make clothing featuring illustrations displayed in Chroma, with the customer’s unique body measurements

in mind. Our intention is to create quality clothing for whimsical people that can be passed down through generations. Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry St.


Two hours of energetic, contemporary American country dancing with live music. Dress cool & comfortable, soft-soled shoes. All ages. 2nd/4th Tues, 7:30pm. United Methodist, 409 S. 5th Ave.


Group classes for all levels are designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers! We will begin the class with the basics and instruct you through a few exciting dance moves! Mon., 7pm: International Rumba Class • Mon., 8pm: Argentine Tango • Tues., 7pm, West Coast Swing; 8pm, East Coast Swing. • Wed., 7pm, Bachata; 8pm, Hustle • Thurs., 7pm: Shag Level 1; 8pm, Shag Levels 2 and 3. All classes are $10 per person, $15 per couple, $5 for military/ students with ID. $5. Babs McDance Social Dance Club & Ballroom, 6782 Market St.


Inviting all mainstream and plus square dancers to join us for our weekly evening of dance on Thursdays from 8-9:30 pm at Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Rd. (entrance on Shipyard Blvd.). Free open house, Thursday August 22 and August 29, 7-8pm. Lessons begin Thursday, Sept. 5 7 8pm. Cost is $5/person/dance. Join the club for $17.50/person/month.


Aug.9, 6pm: US International Ballet, Wilmington’s only professional ballet company, presents an Evening of Classical and Contemporary Works. Free with pre-registration; $5.35 at the door. All proceeds benefit USIB, the Wilmington Ballet Co., and the Hannah Block Historic USO Preservation Fund. Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St.


Wilmington’s Over Fifties Dance Club’s mission is to provide a venue for ballroom ands ocial dancing. We encourage dancers of all levels of proficiency to enjoy this great form of exercise and to socialize with others who also like to dance. The club holds a dance on the second Tuesday of each month. The next dance is September 10. A variety of DJ’s play all kinds of dance music—ballroom, Latin, shag, rock & roll, country, slow nightclub. Cost is $8 per person. New Hanover Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Rd.

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Wildest open mic in town—anything goes. (except cover songs). Stand-up comedy,

slam poetry, video, live music, odd talents, performances of all kinds. Hosted by 6-beer Steve. Sign up, 8pm, and runs all night. Juggling Gypsy 1612 Castle St. (910) 763-2223, after 3pm for details.


First Wed. ea. month, Gruff Goat Comedy features Three Guest Comics Under a Bridge. No Trolls. Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry Lane.


See some of NC’s best stand-up comedians in a world class venue! This month’s talented performers: Brett Williams, Cordero Wilson, Grant Sheffield, Louis Bishop, and Tyler Wood. Hosted by: Wills Maxwell. N Front Theatre (formerly City Stage), 21 N Front St.


First Sat. ea. month is free at Lucky Joe Craft Coffee on College Road, presented by Regretful Villains. The show features a new style of stand-up called Speed Joking. Enjoy a night of laughs! 1414 S College Rd.


Every Wed. join Dead Crow Comedy for improv night. Join local comedians for a TV party at Dead Crow! Interactive improvised comedy show. 265 N. Front St.


DareDevil Improv Classes teach the fundamentals of the funny! Learn to be more spontaneous, trust your instincts, and create one-of-a-kind comedy with an ensemble! (And even if you’re not a “performer,” our classes are a great way to meet people and have a hella good time!) Details/signups: Hannah Block Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd St.


Sign up at 8:30; show’s at 9. Bring your best to the mic. Bomber’s Beverage Company, 108 Grace St.


Open mic every Thursday, 8pm. Sign up is in person, 7pm. There’s no cost to participate, and each comedian is allotted three minutes of stage time. • Aug. 16-17, 7/9:30pm: Mark Normand’s “relentlessly punchy writing and expert delivery” (The Laugh Button) has made him one of today’s most talked about comedians, and a favorite of the New York comedy scene. Recently Mark has appeared on HBO’s “2 Dope Queens,” a sixth set on TBS’s “Conan,” and a return to NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and Comedy Central’s “Roast Battle.” 2016 and 2017 included stops on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Seeso’s What’s Your F@%king Deal?! Mark’s first hour long special “Amy Schumer Presents Mark Normand: Don’t Be Yourself” premiered in 2017 on Comedy Central. 265 N. Front St.


On exhibit: “Minnie, Clyde, Annie, Vollis: Outsider Art Rebels” through Sept. 22. Admission: $8 – $10. Exhibit features two-dimension and sculptural three-dimension art. All were created with non-traditional materials by self-taught artists and local legends Minnie Evans, Clyde Jones, Annie Hooper and Vollis Simpson. Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm (and 9pm on Thursdays). Admission is $8-$10. • “A Time When Art Is Everywhere: teamLab,” an art collective and interdisciplinary group of programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians artists and architects, creates digital artworks that bridge art, science, technology, design and the natural world. Immersive interpretative designs, deeply rooted in Japanese art, aesthetic and history. Through Sept. 8. CAM Café open and serving delicious menu with full bar. Brunch, Sat. and Sun., 10am-2pm; Tues.-Fri., 11am2pm; Thurs. 5-9pm. Museum, 10am-5pm; Thurs., 10am-9pm. 3201 S. 17th St.


Camera Collections! With today’s smart phones and digital cameras, photography is everywhere. Until the invention of the camera in 1839, there was no way to instantly capture the environment around you. In less than 200 years, cameras have progressed from complicated contraptions only used by professionals, to simple boxes with a roll of film anyone could operate, to handheld computers that create digital images shared with the world. 86 cameras and 145 photographic accessories showcases changes in technology and styles, from late 1800s-early 2000s. • Play Time!, an exhibit that explores how we play, create, and use our imagination as children and adults. The display includes items from the museum’s historic toy collection and hands-on activities ranging from creating art to playing dress-up. CF Museum, 814 Market St.


WB Museum of History, housed in the turn of the century Myers Cottage, exists to preserve and to share the history of Wrightsville Beach. Visitors to the cottage will find a scale model of Wrightsville Beach circa 1910, exhibits featuring the early days of the beach including Lumina Pavilion, our hurricane history and information about the interaction between the people and our natural environment which have shaped the 100 yr. history of WB. (910) 256-2569. 303 W. Salisbury St.

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18th century Burgwin-Wright House Museum in the heart of Wilmington’s Historic District, is the oldest museum house in NC, restored with 18th-19th century decor and gardens. Colonial life experienced through historical interpretations in kitchen and courtyard. 3rd/Market St. Tues-Sat, 10am4pm. Last tour, 3pm. 910-762-0570.


One of NC’s most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (18211907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now a museum, it focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.


Aug. 22, 10am: Try on helmets, type on vintage typewriters, talk on original phones, use semaphore flags, create your own stencil, try Morse code, write V-Mail and more! Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers stationed throughout the ship engage visitors about shipboard life and technologies. Great for all ages!


Brief presentation about live animals on display in the events center and watch them feed. At least one snake and turtle will be fed during the demonstration. Ages: 3 and up. First Wed. of every month. $1. Halyburton Park, 4099 S. 17th St.


Meet your friends in Museum Park for fun hands-on activities! Enjoy interactive circle time, conduct exciting experiments, and play games related to a weekly theme. Perfect for children ages 3-6 and adult helpers. Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market St.

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Wed. through Aug. 14, 10am-11:30am— Come join the Princess and her fairytale friends from Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea at Kure Beach’s Ocean Front Park for stories, crafts, and games! Fun activities for both boys and girls! Don’t forget your camera to get a picture with the Princess! Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave.


Through Aug 16, 9am-1pm: Ages: 5-10 Cost: $15/week. (No camp the week of July 1). Activities include: arts and crafts, field trips, sports activities and more! Must provide birth certificate & register in person. Maides Park, 1101 Manly Ave.


6 weeks full of creativity and fun for campers ages 4 and up. Throughout the summer we will cover all aspects of creative arts from performing arts, technical theatre, visual arts, ceramics, filmmaking, and more! Ages 7 and up there is a full day option from 9am-4pm with a 1 hour supervised lunch from Noon - 1pm. There is no extra charge for the lunch time supervision. Full day campers must pack their own lunch. “Show and Share Friday” will be a variety of music numbers, dance routines, rehearsed skits/scenes, art exhibit and more put on for friends and family. Final performance at end of each camp. Camps are $85 and up. Community Arts Center in the Hannah Block Historic USO Building, 120 S. 2nd St. (corner of Orange and 2nd sts.) (910) 341-7860.


Through Aug. 16, Ages: 8-12, $25/week. Time: 7:45am-5:30pm. Activities: arts and crafts, field trips, sports activities and more! Must provide birth certificate & register in person. • Teen Camp: Ages: 13 – 14. $25/ week. Activities include: arts and crafts, sports activities, group/team building activities, leadership and service events/ activities along with field trips. Must provide birth certificate & register in person Space is limited. Register early! MLK Community Center, 401 S. 8th St., 910-341-7866


Through Aug. 21: Cost: $30 for 7 sessions ( total cost) Ages: 10 - 14. Times: 6:30 - 8 pm. 910-341-0057 for more information. MLK Center, 401 S. 8th St.


Aug. 16, 9am-12pm. Ages 5 & under; $5 per child ( included with general admission). No pre-registration required. Ready for a day of Fit For Fun in the sun? Bring your swimsuit, towel, and a change of clothes and get ready to dash and play in the sprinklers! Cool off with some sweet, colorful ice pops! $5. Fit For Fun, 302 S. 10th St. departments/parks-recreation/fit-for-funcenter


Mon. & Tues., Aug. 19-20, 9am-noon & 1-4pm, ages 9 & under. $5/child (included

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with general admission). No pre-registration req. Enjoy some fun activities for big kids along with all normal offerings, Younger children welcome to play as usual. Fit For Fun Center, 302 S. 10th St.


Aug 17, 11am: Suggested donation: $5/ child. Create colorful and creative masks with guest artist, Sarah Doss.Children will use a variety of materials to design their own unique masks, using the work of Minnie Evans and Clyde Jones as inspiration. Explore our outside artist exhibition Minnie, Clyde, Annie & Vollis and make art with your family. No pre-registration necessary. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.

recreational WALK WITH A DOC

Join us the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9am for a fun and healthy walk—held at the Midtown YMCA. Each walk beings with a brief physician-led discussion of a current health topic, then he/she spends time walking, answering questions and talking with walkers. Choose your own pace and distance. Free and open to anyone. YMCA, George Anderson Dr.


Thurs., 10:30am: WB Scenic Tours birding boat cruise of Masonboro Island and Bradley Creek. Guided eco-cruises are educational boat tours designed to increase conservation awareness about local wildlife and sensitive coastline habitats in New Hanover County. Topics explained during the boat ride will include: salt marsh function, wetland plants, and strong emphasis on shorebird/water bird ecology and identification. Birding tours are best when scheduled at low tide. • Sunset Tour of WB, Thurs., 5pm: Sunset with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours departs from the Blockade Runner Dock. Routes vary with season, weather, and whim on the Basic Sunset Cruise but may include Masonboro Island, Bradley Creek, Money Island or some other combination. Water, marsh, Shamrock, sunset—it’s a simple combination but very satisfying. Also, from experience, this is the best time to sight dolphins in the bay. RSVP: 910-200-4002 or WB Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd.


First Friday bird hikes, ages 5/up; free. We’ll search for migrants, residents, and point out year-round species too. These walks are for beginner birders and all are welcome. Halyburton, 4099. S. 17th St.


Every Mon. and Thurs.: Free Running Clinics for 6 weeks. Venue locations will be updated periodically on and are designed for all levels. Clinics are limited to 25 runners to maintain that personal instruction level. Downtown Hills/Wade Park,

Water St.


Start your day on the water in search of wildlife and many of our feathered friends, while listening to interesting commentary about the rich history of this area. 2 hour cruise; full bar, serving coffee and the best Bloody Mary on the river. Photographers, birders, and nature buffs love the variety of wildlife and native plants that adorn the river banks. We may see osprey, alligators, sea turtles, and river otters, just to name a few. Bring your camera so you won’t forget the untouched beauty of this early morning adventure. Cruise through the Castle Hayne Aquifer and by the bluffs of the Rose Hill Plantation. $10-$20. ILM Water Tours, 212 S Water St.


Aug. 14, 6:30pm: The movement of the tides and moon energizes and stirs the imagination. Your sharpened senses clear your thoughts as you glide along the gently lit waterfront on this Wilmington boat tour. Under the enchantment of the full moon and musical stylings of local musicians, have no fear as we cruise the Cape Fear River on this two-hour excursion. You only wish that all of your friends could be with you to enjoy something so unique and special. A memory you will always cherish: A night under the stars on the famous and mystical Cape Fear River. Wilmington Water Tours, 212 S Water St.


Aug. 17, 5pm: CFRG All Stars will be playing Rogue Roller Girls, Fayetteville, NC. Black Harrts will be playing Bull City Roller Derby from Durham, NC. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wilmington Girls Hockey which is Wilmington’s first ever girls hockey program. Afterparty will be held at Tavern 14 located at 6309 Market St. Tickets at the door are 12 and up, $13; 11-7, $6. 6 page and under free. $10 for military/police/fire/EMS with ID. The Edge, 7207 Ogden Business Lane.

wave Yoga to provide relaxing and memorable yoga experiences daily at the resort. Blockade Runner Beach Resort. 275 Waynick Blvd.


Join Longwave Yoga teachers on the 1st Saturday of each month as we come together as a community to support Plastic Ocean Project. Enjoy a 1-hour yoga class on the Whole Foods Market patio followed by a pint of kombucha, locally crafted by Panacea Brewing Co. Register day of at Whole Foods: $20 cash, BYOM (bring your own mat). Proceeds benefit Plastic Ocean Project, a local nonprofit with a mission to educate through field research, implement progressive outreach initiatives, and incubate solutions to address the global plastic pollution problem.


Thurs, 6pm: A playful, casual and very active class encouraging tween to explore their creativity. Dynamic postures presented in a simple step-by-step format. No experience is necessary, and this yoga class is offered to tweens only, ages 11-14. Wilmington Yoga, 5329 Oleander Drive, Ste. 200


Surround yourself in nature in our full moon beach yoga class. Move and breathe to the sounds of mother ocean. Bathe in the light of the moon. Leave your mat at home. We recommend that you bring a beach towel. We will meet on the sand at Tennessee

Wed., 8am: Join a certified teacher in our seaside gardens for a relaxing morning yoga practice. Perfect for all levels of experience. One hour practice. We partner with Long-


All levels welcome! 90 minutes of instruction, led by Jess Bichler, ERYT500+YACEP . “SUP” yoga or stand-up paddle board yoga or SUPY is an amazing hybrid of stand-up paddle boarding and yoga, and it’s an excellent core workout. Practitioners of SUP yoga find the peacefulness of floating on water to be an amazing compliment to the meditative mood of yoga. Asana poses are introduced gently with modifications tailored to the student’s experience level and comfort zone. Class + board & equipment rental: $35; $30 for BYOB at 910tix. com. Meet at the tall blue-roof building beside the old Scotchman. 96 W Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach. Wear usual yoga clothing or a swimsuit, bring sublock and shades Hosted by Wilmington Yoga. 96

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Join Jesse Stockton, Rachael Kinsey, Alexis Abbate + Jenny Yarborough every Tuesday, 7:30-8:30pm, Terra Sol Sanctuary. We’ll guide you through a 20-30 minute meditation to help you take a deep breath. Relax. Let go. $10; no need to register in advance. 507 Castle St.

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Aug. 20, 5pm: Ages: 16 and up. Cost: $45/ Halyburton Park Event Center, 4099 S 17th St. parks-recreation/halyburton-park

Crafty teens are invited for snacks and miniature garden making at Northeast Library. Hands-on workshop is free but space is limited. To make sure there are enough seats and supplies, register on calendar, 910-798-6371. NHC NE Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


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Avenue in Carolina Beach. All levels welcome. Preregister for this class; $16 dropin or use your class pass. Salty Dog Yoga & Surf, 915 A North Lake Park Blvd. www.

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Aug. 17, noon: Bring the entire family or some, all of your friends or just one. Make a pinwheel and practice mindful breathing techniques. Explore the push and pull of relationships and how we can support each other on and off the mat. $25 per partner group (parent and child and/or older sibling and younger sibling and/or pair of friends - you choose!) $25 at 3001 Wrightsville Ave.


Aug. 15, 8:30pm: In partnership with Yelp Wilmington, ARRIVE Wilmington is hosting the first of many “Full Moon Flow” yoga sessions. Class will take place on ARRIVE Wilmington’s grass courtyard, and guests will be guided in meditation and strength training by Jess, head yogi from Pineapple Studios. Afterwards, local favorite Adapt Kitchen & Juice Bar will provide replenishing refreshments and treats. Spot are very limited, so please RSVP through the event page. You will receive an email from Wilmington@ Please, arrive 10-15 minutes early to sign waivers and find a spot for your mat. ARRIVE Wilmington, 101 S 2nd St.


Aug. 19, 6pm: Zumba combines Latin and International dance music with a fun and effective workout. This total workout combines all areas of fitness training – cardio,

muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Come dance off the pounds with us. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring a water bottle! Registration required. New Hanover County Public Library, 201 Chestnut St.

Aug. 25 , 2:30pm: From the Ancient Art to Contemporary creations, music has inspired artists throughout history. Let’s examine how artists-from Greek sculptors, to Renaissance painters, to Modernists like Miro and Kandinsky--have turned to music and musical theory to help them create art. We’ll also look at how music can add to our own experience of the visual arts. CAM member: $15; Non-member: $20. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.


Aug. 20, 6:30pm: Cape Fear Fencing Association 6-week beginning fencing class starts August 20th at 6:30pm in the basement of the Tileston Gym. Class will meet for appx. 1 hour on Tues./Thurs. Fencing equipment provided. Students wear loose fitting clothing and sneakers. Class covers history, footwork, bladework, tactics, and rules, Olympic fencing history, and finishes with in-class tournament. Ages 8 – 80. Cost is $50 plus a $10 membership through USA Fencing at good until July 31, 2020. $10-$50. (910) 799-8642. Tileston Gym, 412 Ann St.

lectures/literary KURE BEACH TURTLE TALK

Turtle Talk is held every Monday beginning June 10 through Aug. 26 from 7pm-8pm. The program is held at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and Pavilion. Learn about local nesting sea turtles with the Pleasure

clubs/notices BIKE NIGHT

Bike Night at Mac’s Speed Shop, beer, bikes, BBQ. Featuring in concert: South Starr band playing great classic-southern R&R music! Mac’s Speed Shop, 4126 Oleander Dr.

CHARLES TOWN... Local author and historian Jack Fryar will speak at the Federal Point Building on his new book “Charles Town.” Courtesy photo

Island Sea Turtle Project! Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave.


We’re not just hot dogs!

August 16, 11am: CAM Members: Free; Non-Members: Museum Admission. Master printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō is among the most celebrated works of Japanese art. Join chief curator, Holly Tripman Fitzgerald while she shows a behind-the-scenes perspective on the 55 prints from the series and how the work of teamLab is influenced by Hiroshige. “A Time When Art is Everywhere: teamLab” requires a special ticket. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St. cameronartmuseum. org


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Aug. 18, 7pm: Meet Kure Beach Ambassadors for an engaging, family-friendly beach walk and educational talk. Topics will include Kure Beach history, beach safety, wildlife education, shell and fossil finding tips, and beach activities for children. Bring your shovels and buckets. Sponsored by the Shoreline Access and Beach Protection Committee. Beach Access at N Ave.


Aug. 19, 7:30pm: Free. Local teacher, publisher and historian, Jack Fryar returns to talk about the original “Charles Town.” Charles Town was located in nearby Brunswick County and settled well before Charleston, SC. Federal Point History Center, 1121-A N. Lake Park Blvd.

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No membership required; all ages and professions welcome. Look for PCYP Ambassadors with silver name tags to get acquainted. Free food, networking, raffles, business-casual attire. Dates September 18 hosted by KBT Realty Group—associated with Keller Williams and Cavik Insurance, sponsored by TBD; October hosted by Hanover Lakes by Bill Clark Homes; November 20 hosted by Poe’s Tavern—Wrightsville Beach; Dec 4 at Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire; December 13 Members Only Christmas Party, sponsored by River Landing,hosted by St Thomas Preservation Hall/ City Club. Memberships: $25-$35. https:// RiverLights, 109 Pier Master Point #100


Aug. 15, 9am: Join federation staff and volunteers to help maintain the rain gardens and stormwater wetlands at Alderman Elementary School in Wilmington and Bradley Creek Elementary. The project is part of the Bradley and Hewletts Creeks Watershed Restoration Plan which aims to reduce the amount of polluted runoff that makes its way into the creeks. Rain gardens and wetlands help filter polluted runoff, protecting water quality and preventing swim advisories and shellfish closures. Rain gardens and wetlands also help to reduce hazardous flooding and provide wildlife habitat. Volunteers will remove invasive plants, pull weeds, prune trees and spread mulch in the existing rain gardens and wetlands at the school. All project supplies and equipment will be provided as well as snacks, and refreshments. The event is open to the public and suitable for ages 8 and up, so come on out to help work on a rain garden or just to find out what you can do in your own backyard to protect your local creeks and coastal waters. Meet at Alderman Elementary School. • Bradley Creek Rain Garden on Aug. 16, 9am. Register:

Bizzy Bee Water Taxi Daily 7 days a week

Full Moon Cruise

August 14 th 7pm ~ $27

Come on board for a smooth cruise to the USS North Carolina Battleship. We pick up at 3 locations on the Wilmington side. Our dock, at Chandlers Wharf (Orange St), foot of Market St. & the Ballast Hotel.

Payment taken on or credit $8 Adult • $4 Child (3-12yr) 9am - 6pm

Eagles Island Cruises

Sunset Cruises 6 nights a week

Tuesday & Wednesday Sunset cruise with light narration



Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday cruise

with Live music by local musicians


Visit us on the Riverwalk! 212 S. Water Street 910-338-313 4 • email:


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Aug. 17, 2-4pm: $40. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center presents Novella Hall’s akashic tarot readings in August. Join us for an informative and spiritual highlight of the summer. Learn to read your own akashic records. Blue Lagoon Wellness Center, 1202 Floral Pkwy.

culinary FERMENTAL

Free tasting every Friday, 6pm. Third Wed. of each month feat. musical and brewing talents alongside an open mic night, as well as the opportunity for homebrewers to share, sample, and trade their creations: an evening of beer and an open stage. PA and equipment provided. All genres and beer. 910-821-0362. 7250 Market St.


Wed., 8am-1pm: Under the shade of the Magnolia and ancient Oak trees of Historic Poplar Grove Plantation you’ll find one of Wilmington’s longest running farmers’ markets. Come stroll the grounds, pick up a hot cup of coffee or icy cold lemonade and shop for farm fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, food and beverages of all types as well as artisan crafted goods. We are family friendly with activities for the kid’s and barnyard animals dropping by to say

hello. Every Wednesday, 8am-1pm, through September 25th for the 2019 season. Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy 17 N


6:30 & 8:30pm. Costumed guides lead visitors through alleyways with tales of haunted Wilmington. Nightly tours, 6:30pm/8:30pm. Admission. Water & Market sts. RSVP rqd: 910-794-1866.


3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm everyday at Front Street Brewery, 9 N. Front St. Learn how we brew our beer, meet brewers and get two free samples.



Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market meets Monday mornings through Sept. 30 near Seawater Ln. at town’s municipal grounds. The market features vendors offering fresh and local produce, plus flowers, crafts, bread and other baked items, herbs, dairy products, meat and seafood, treats for dogs and more. Free parking. Municipal Lane.


Sat., 8am-1pm: Local farmers, growers, producers and artisans to sell their goods directly to consumers, to encourage and promote the use of locally-grown farm products and artisan offerings. Vegetables, herbs, plants, annuals, perennials, native plants,

EAT IT ALL ... IT’S FREE! Port City Burgers and Brew offer up the Great Port City Burger Challenge daily, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Courtesy photo

fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, NC wines, dog treats, eggs, honey, goat cheeses, seafood, kombucha, meats, marina & fra diavolo sauce, smoothies and more. Artisan works of handmade jewelry, woodwork, silkscreen t-shirts & totes, photography, bath & body products, pet accessories, pottery, drawings and more. N. Water St. in historic downtown Wilmington, NC along the beautiful Cape Fear River.


Wed, 5-8pm: Sample some of the most delicious wines you can try for free with optional $25 food pairing, designed specifically to go with each wine. Benny Hill Jazz always starts at 7 pm with his cool jazz styles. Sweet n Savory Cafe, 1611 Pavilion Pl.


In 30 mins, eat 48 ounces of burger meat with three toppings and fries! Beat it and we take care of the bill and put your face on the Wall of Glory! Fail, and straight to The Wall of Shame you go. Bring your stretchy pants and good luck! Offer is daily. 11am-11pm, Port City Burgers & Brews, 11 Market St.


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Explore the rich culture of our talented Southern town with a 90-minute walking tour of the literary history of downtown Wilmington, NC. Visit “The Two Libraries.” Walk the streets of your favorite novels, and stand where Oscar Wilde did when he lectured here. Saturdays, 1:30pm, Old Books on Front. 249 N. Front St. www.brownpaper-

Guided tours start on the hour; self-guided tours start at any time. Mon. is only self-guided tours. Follow curved oyster-shell paths through our lush Victorian garden shaded by 150-yr.-old magnolia trees. See the elegant main entrance surrounded by soaring columns and gleaming windows. Hear stories of Bellamies, as well as those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home and crafted intricate details throughout the house. Adults $12; senior and military discount, $10; students, $6; children under 5, free. Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St.


Explore Masonboro Island and discover the wonder of the Carolina coast. This tour option is ideal for families, birders, and nature enthusiasts. Masonboro Island is an 8.4-mile marine sanctuary island, renowned for its plant and wildlife diversity. Topics will include shell biology, native plant species, shorebirds, and barrier island ecology. Adult $45 Child $25 RSVP: 910-200-4002. Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours, 275 Waynick Blvd.


Thurs., 6:30pm: Start your weekend early with gallery tours led by museum staff that are sometimes irreverent and silly, but always provide a charming and engaging behind-the-scenes perspective on current exhibitions. But what if I’m really thirsty before the tour? Join us for happy hour beforehand to loosen up your brain and chat about art. Brown Wing. CAM Members: Free, non-members. Museum admission. Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th St.


The Walking Tour of the Historic Carolina Beach Boardwalk meets at the Visitors Bureau Kiosk just south of the new Hampton Inn and features members of the Federal Point Historic Preservation Society leading a 50-minute tour into the past, answering questions like: Where did the “birth of the Shag” take place? Did you know there was a movie theater called The Wave on the Boardwalk? How long has Britt’s Donuts been on the Boardwalk, and has it always been in the same place? Why was the Red Apple so popular? Where was the largest dance floor south of Washington DC located? Society asks for a $10 donation. Children under 12 tour free. Carolina Beach Board Walk, Cape Fear Blvd.


Grades 7-12: Wilmington Pride Youth Group is a safe space for youth who identify as LGBTQIA+ and their straight allies. An adult supervised, safe space for kids to talk about orientation, gender, racial equality, political consequences, religion, self care. Also a great opportunity to meet and socialize with peers from the greater Wilmington area. Meets Thurs., 7pm. Needed: youth facilitators, especially those who are trained to work with kids, and speakers to talk about important topics.


Group meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Pine Valley United Methodist Church, 3788 Shipyard Blvd. Building B. Christopher Savard, Ph.D., with Cape Fear Psychological Services, gives a presentation the 1st Thursday of each month. 3rd Thursday meeting is member led. 18+ welcome. 910-763-8134


Meets third Sat. ea. month. Free; drop-ins are welcome. Group provides participants an opportunity to receive introductory info about lupus, encourage the expression of concerns, provide an opportunity to share experiences, encourage and support positive coping strategies, and emphasize the importance of medical treatment. Guest speakers, DVD presentations and open group discussion. (877) 849-8271, x1. NE Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd.


First Mon/mo. at UNCW, in the Masonboro Island Room #2010, 7pm.


Those with Multiple Sclerosis, families and friends welcome. Meets 2nd Thursday each month, 7 p.m., at the New Hanover Rehabilitation Hospital, 1st floor conference room, 2131 S. 17th St. (behind the Betty Cameron Women’s Hospital). Sponsored by Greater Carolinas Chapter, National MS Society. Details: Anne (910) 232-2033 or Burt (910) 383-1368.

ARIES (Mar. 21–April 19)

How did sound technicians create the signature roar of the fictional monster Godzilla? They slathered pine-tar resin on a leather glove and stroked it against the strings of a double bass. How about the famous howl of the fictional character Tarzan? Sonic artists blended a hyena’s screech played backward, a dog’s growl, a soprano singer’s fluttered intonation slowed down, and an actor’s yell. Karen O, lead singer of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, periodically unleashes very long screams that may make the hair stand up on the back of her listeners’ necks. In accordance with astrological omens, I’d love to see you experiment with creating your own personal Yowl or Laugh or Whisper of Power in the coming weeks: a unique sound that would boost your wild confidence and help give you full access to your primal lust for life.

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Libra-born Ronald McNair was an African American who grew up in a racist town in South Carolina in the 1950s. The bigotry cramped his freedom but he rebelled. When he was 9 years old, he refused to leave a segregated library, which prompted authorities to summon the police. Years later, McNair earned a PhD in Physics from MIT and became renowned for his research on laser physics. Eventually, NASA chose him to be an astronaut from a pool of 10,000 candidates. That library in South Carolina? It’s now named after him. I suspect you, too, will soon receive some vindication, Libra: a reward or blessing or consecration that will reconfigure your past.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough,” said Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, ex-President of Liberia. In accordance with astrological imperatives, I propose we make it your watchword for the foreseeable future. From what I can tell, you’re due to upgrade your long-term goals. You have the courage and vision necessary to dare yourself toward an even more fulfilling destiny than you have been willing or ready to imagine up until now. How did our ancestors ever figure out the calendula flower can be used as healing medicine for irritated and inflamed skin? It must have been a very long process of trial and error. (Or did the plant somehow “communicate” to indigenous herbalists, informing them of its use?) In any case, the curative herb is only one of hundreds of plants people somehow came to adjudge as having healing properties. “Miraculous” is not too strong a word to describe such discoveries. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Gemini, you now have the patience and perspicacity to engage in a comparable process: to find useful resources through experiment and close observation—with a hardy assist from your intuition.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Today the city of Timbuktu in Mali is poor and in the throes of desertification, but from the 14th to 17th centuries, it was one of the great cultural centers of the world. Its libraries filled up with thousands of influential books, which remained intact until fairly recently. In 2012 Al-Qaeda jihadists conceived a plan to destroy the vast trove of learning and scholarship. One man foiled them. Abba al-Hadi, an illiterate guard who had worked at one of the libraries, smuggled out many books in empty rice sacks. By the time the jihadists started burning, most of the treasure had been relocated. I don’t think the problem in your sphere is anywhere near as dire as this, Cancerian. I do hope you will be proactive about saving and preserving valuable resources before they’re at risk of being diluted, compromised or neglected.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Moray eels have two sets of jaws. The front set does their chewing. The second set, normally located behind the first, can be launched forward to snag prey they want to eat. In invoking this aggressive strategy to serve as a metaphor for you in coming weeks, I want to suggest you be very dynamic and enterprising as you go after what you want and need. Don’t be rude and invasive, but consider the possibility of being audacious and zealous.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

It’s relatively rare, but now and then people receive money or gifts from donors they don’t know. Relatives they’ve never met may bequeath them diamond tiaras or alpaca farms or bundles of cash. I don’t think it’s exactly what will occur for you in coming weeks, but I do suspect you’ll garner blessings or help from unexpected sources. To help ensure the best possible versions of these acts of grace, I suggest you be as generous as possible in the kindness and attention you offer. Remember this verse from the Bible:

Scorpio author Zadie Smith wrote, “In the end, your past is not my past and your truth is not my truth and your solution—is not my solution.” I think it will be perfectly fine if sometime soon you speak those words to a person you care about. In delivering such a message, you won’t be angry or dismissive. Rather, you will be establishing good boundaries between you and your ally; you will be acknowledging the fact the two of you are different people with different approaches to life. I bet that will ultimately make you closer. “Nothing fruitful ever comes when plants are forced to flower in the wrong season,” author and activist Bette Lord wrote. That’s not entirely true. For example, skilled and meticulous gardeners can compel tulip and hyacinth bulbs to flower before they would naturally be able to. As a metaphor, Lord’s insight is largely accurate. I think you’ll be wise to keep it in mind during the coming weeks. So my advice is: Don’t try to make people and processes ripen before they are ready. Here’s a caveat: You might have modest success working to render them a bit more ready.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

“For though we often need to be restored to the small, concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to be reminded of large, vague, unlimited, unknown.” Poet A. R. Ammons formulated shiny bursts of wisdom—and now I’m passing it on to you. As I think you know, you tend to have more skill at and a greater inclination toward the small, concrete, limited, and certain. That’s why, in my opinion, it’s rejuvenating for you to periodically exult in and explore what’s large, vague, unlimited, unknown. Now is one of those times.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

“Look into my eyes. Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.” Poet Sylvia Plath wrote that, and now, in accordance with astrological omens, I’m authorizing you to say something similar to anyone who is interested in you but would benefit from gazing more deeply into your soul and entering into a more profound relationship with your mysteries. In other words, you have cosmic permission to be more forthcoming in showing people your beauty and value.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

In his “Anti-Memoirs,” author André Malraux quotes a tough-minded priest who served in the French Resistance during World War II. He spent his adult life hearing his parishioners’ confessions. “The fundamental fact is there’s no such thing as a grown-up person,” the priest declared. Even if that’s mostly true, Pisces, my sense is it is less true about you right now than it has ever been. In the past months, you have been doing good work to become more of a fully realized version of yourself. I expect the deepening and maturation process is reaching a culmination. Don’t underestimate your success! Celebrate it!

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OCTOBER 12, 9 A.M. • $5

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AUGUST 24, NOON • $30

OCTOBER 26, 9 P.M. • $10


Fantastic 3BD 2.5BA custom built home in The Cape! Located just a stones throw to Paradise Island and Carolina Beach, this home is over 2500 sq. ft. of upgrades. Full finished room over the garage. The large 2 car garage has a built in gardening station or workshop plus a storage.

Heather O’Sullivan | Realtor | Network Real Estate | 804.514.3197 encore | august 14 - august 20, 2019 | 55

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